Washington Irving

Washington Irving

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was born into a rich New York family, the youngest of eleven children. He was named after the future American President, George Washington. Young Washington's early education was patchy but he developed an early love for books and writing. As an adult he didn't have to worry about earning a living and after practicing law for a few years he began to write for newspapers and magazines. His first book, Knickerbocker's History of New York (1809), was the first American humorous book that was also literature. It was a great success but Irving continued to be only a part-time writer.

In 1815 he moved to London to manage the British end of the family business and stayed there for seventeen years. He was a member of the American diplomatic staff in Britain and also in Spain. He spoke fluent Spanish, which served him well in his writings on that country, and he could read several other languages, including German and Dutch. When the family business collapsed in 1817, he had to make a living for the first time. The immediate result was The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, which contained his two most famous fantasy stories: Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. These classic stories have kept Washington Irving's name alive. He and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have mentored authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. He is often called "the father of American literature" because of the charm and style of his writing and because he was always breaking new ground.

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
from Philomel Books
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
by Washington Irving
Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed from Sterling Publishing Co.
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$9.95
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Washington Irving
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
by Washington Irving
from Reader's Digest
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: MLIT6-19)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Washington Irving
from Dover Publications
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
$3.00
Rip Van Winkle - Coloring Book
by A. Rackham, P. Stewart, W. Irving
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-4th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: R-DOVER)
$4.99 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories
Puffin Classics
by Washington Irving
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
$4.99