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"Rip Van Winkle" is told from a third-person omniscient point of view by Diedrich Knickerbocker, a narrator who purports to be an amateur historian. Knickerbocker, in fact, is the pen name of Washington Irving.
"Rip Van Winkle" is written in the past tense.
The title "Rip Van Winkle" refers to the name of the main character, a pleasant, if rather lazy, man. In the years since the story's publication, Rip Van Winkle has come to signify an individual oblivious of his surroundings.
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