Tales of a Traveller

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Tales of a Traveller, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Volume 1 of the first US edition.
Author Washington Irving
Country United States/England
(concurrently published)
Language English
Genre Essays & Short stories
Publisher John Murray (UK)
Carey & Lea (USA)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-940450-59-3 (reprint)
OCLC 22207793
813/.2 20
LC Class PS2052 1991
Preceded by Bracebridge Hall
Followed by A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

Tales of a Traveller, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1824) is a collection of essays and short stories composed by Washington Irving while he was living in Europe, primarily in Germany and Paris. The collection was published using Irving's pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon.


After the introductory "To the Reader", Tales of a Traveller is composed of four "books".

Part I: Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman[edit]

  • The Great Unknown
  • The Hunting Dinner
  • The Adventure of My Uncle
  • The Adventure of My Aunt
  • The Bold Dragoon, or the Adventure of My Grandfather
  • The Adventure of the German Student
  • The Adventure of the Mysterious Picture
  • The Adventure of the Mysterious Stranger
  • The Story of the Young Italian

Part II: Buckthorne and His Friends[edit]

  • Literary Life
  • A Literary Dinner
  • The Club of Queer Fellows
  • The Poor Devil Author
  • Notoriety
  • A Practical Philosopher
  • Buckthorne, or the Young Man of Great Expectations
  • Grave Reflections of a Disappointed Man
  • The Booby Squire
  • The Strolling Manager

Part III: The Italian Banditti[edit]

  • The Inn at Terracina
  • The Adventure of the Little Antiquary
  • The Belated Travellers
  • The Adventure of the Popkins Family
  • The Painter's Adventure
  • The Story of the Bandit Chieftain
  • The Story of the Young Robber
  • The Adventure of the Englishman

Part IV: The Money Diggers[edit]