Washington Irving

Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle', both of which appear in his collection 'The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.' His works often reflect themes of history, culture, and folklore from America and Europe. Irving is also credited with popularizing the nickname 'Gotham' for New York City and is considered a key figure in the development of American literature.


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  1. 1. Stories of Washington Irving

    The book is a collection of short stories penned by one of America's earliest celebrated authors. It includes a variety of tales ranging from the supernatural to historical fiction, all characterized by the author's distinctive narrative style. Some of the most notable stories include a schoolmaster's encounter with a headless horseman, a man who sleeps for twenty years, and a tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil. The stories are set in various locations, from the Hudson Valley to Europe, and they often reflect the author's satirical and humorous view of society.

  2. 2. The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

    The book is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by an American author, originally published throughout 1819 and 1820. It includes a mix of satire, fantasy, and nostalgic essays, many of which deal with early American rural life and other themes relevant to the post-colonial era. Among its most famous stories are "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," both of which have become classics of American literature. The book's gentle wit and romanticized descriptions of old England and the American landscape of the author's time have made it a lasting piece of literary artistry.

  3. 3. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

    This book chronicles the real-life expeditions of a U.S. Army officer in the American West. The officer, intrigued by the vast frontier, takes a leave of absence from the military to explore the wilderness, trade with Native American tribes, and hunt game. His adventures include encounters with various Native American cultures, survival in harsh conditions, and exploration of uncharted territories. The narrative presents a vivid picture of the American West during the era of Westward Expansion.