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Devil and Tom Walker - Washington Irving

"The Devil and Tom Walker" (1824), by Washington Irving, was published as part of his short story collection, Tales of a Traveller. The narrator is Gentleman Geoffrey Crayon, and the story has been compared to Goethe's Faust, which is about a scholar who made a deal with the devil.
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'The Devil and Tom Walker' Short Story
The Devil and Tom Walker is one of the most famous (and controversial) short stories by Washington Irving. He's also known for Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Here's the complete text of this spell-binding tale.

Student's History of American Literature - Edward Simonds
"First among American writers to obtain universal recognition abroad, our first true literary artist and our earliest 'classic', is Washington Irving." Read more about Washington Irving in "A Student's History of American Literature," by Edward Simonds.

Text - The Devil and Tom Walker - Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Read "The Devil and Tom Walker," by Washington Irving (1783-1859).

The Devil and Tom Walker - Characters
Who are the characters in "The Devil and Tom Walker," by Washington Irving? Why are these characters so famous? How do they relate to other characters in literature? Read on.

The Devil and Tom Walker - Characters, Setting, Events, & Questions
Washington Irving published "The Devil and Tom Walker" in 1824 as part of his short story collection, "Tales of a Traveller." The story has been compared to the classic story of Faust, a scholar who makes a deal with the devil. Read more about "The Devil and Tom Walker."

The Devil and Tom Walker - Major Events
What happened in "The Devil and Tom Walker"? What are the major events? Take a look at the outline of the main occurences in the story, "The Devil and Tom Walker."

The Devil and Tom Walker - Questions for Study & Discussion
"The Devil and Tom Walker" is the story of Tom Walker, who is tempted by the Devil, who goes by the name of Old Scratch. The story has been compared to the Faust tales by various famous authors. Take a look at these questions for study and discussion.

The Devil and Tom Walker - Quotes
What is it about "The Devil and Tom Walker" that so fascinates the reader? Is it Old Scratch? Is it that miserly ole Tom Walker? Is it the idea of being tempted with riches? What would you do if you were tempted by the Devil? With these quotes, you'll get an idea of why "The Devil and Tom Walker" is so popular. Read on.

The Devil and Tom Walker - Study Guide
"The Devil and Tom Walker" is one of the most famous short stories by Washington Irving. The work was published in 1824 as part of the "Money-Diggers" series, in his short story collection, "Tales of a Traveller." Set in New England, the story takes place in the 1700s. The story has been compared to the classic story of Faust, a scholar who makes a deal with the devil. Read more about "The Devil and Tom Walker" with this study guide.

The Devil and Tom Walker - Terms / Vocabulary
What do the words mean in "The Devil and Tom Walker"? How does Washington Irving use vocabulary terms to dramatize the legend of Tom Walker? Here are vocabulary words to study and discuss.

Washington Irving
(1783-1859) American writer. Washington Irving's pseudonyms included: Dietrich Knickerbocker, Jonathan Oldstyle, and Geoffrey Crayon. Washington Irving was a short story writer, famous for works like "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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