Forgot your password?  

The Devil and Tom Walker Essay & Criticism

This Study Guide consists of approximately 49 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Devil and Tom Walker.
This section contains 225 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Devil and Tom Walker Study Guide

Critical Overview

Though the "The Devil and Tom Walker" has become one of Irving's most famous stories, it received a lackluster response when it was published in Tales of a Traveller in 1824. Darrel Abel remarks in American Literature: Colonial and Early National Writing that this collection of Irving's stories was "one of his poorest.... a batch of hackwork pieced together" in an attempt to use "the German materials he had been accumulating." One of the onginal reviews, quotes Abel, attacked Irving personally, calling him "indisputably feeble, unoriginal and timorous." Irving was hurt by these accusations, particularly because they came from British writers, for whom he had great esteem and whose style he had tried to emulate. In retrospect, Eugene Current-Garcia says in Studies in Short Fiction that the story "foreshadows the best of Hawthorne's fictional exposure of Yankee shrewdness and Puritan hypocrisy." Current-Garcia also credits Irving for helping to develop...

(read more from the Critical Overview section)

This section contains 225 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Devil and Tom Walker Study Guide
Copyrights
The Devil and Tom Walker from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook