Stories of Washington Irving by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819–20. He continued to publish regularly — and almost always successfully — throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.

The 946th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  2. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)

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Washington Irving's the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (THORNDIKE PRESS LARGE PRINT PERENNIAL BESTSELLERS SERIES) Hardcover 4504379 $13.62 2001
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, and Other Gothic Tales: The Best Ghost Stories and Folk Horror of Washington Irving (Oldstyle Tales of Murder, Mystery, Horror, and Hauntings) Paperback 2552736 $18.00 $18.72 2018
A Washington Irving Collection of Short Stories Audible Audiobook 50908 $6.08 2018
The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Washington Irving: Volume 1-Including One Novel 'a History of New York' and Nine Short Stories of the Paperback 950634 $18.85 $23.82 2010
Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (Illustrated Junior Library) Hardcover 750022 $5.97 $0.01 1999
The Money Diggers (Washington Irving's Short Stories, Vol. I) (Bridge Bilingual Classics) (English-Chinese Bilingual Edition) (Chinese Edition) Kindle Edition 631113 $2.99 2012
[ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories: Or, the Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.[ THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES: OR, THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. ] By Irving, Washington ( Author )Aug-14-2001 Paperback Paperback 1575732 $9.49 $9.49 2001
PILGRIM OF LOVE - FROM WASHINGTON IRVING'S "TALES OF THE ALHAMBRA": A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY BY WASHINGTON IRVING! (TALES FOR CHILDREN Book 2) Kindle Edition 1674602 $9.99 2014
Washington Irving - A Short Story Collection Kindle Edition 2357163 $1.49 2013
The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Washington Irving: Volume 1-Including One Novel 'a History of New York' and Nine Short Stories of the Hardcover 4019853 $29.99 $33.33 2010
Rip van Winkle and Other Stories (Longman Classics, Stage 2) Paperback 387969 $40.00 $2.19 1991
Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories Hardcover 1516730 $19.96 $0.01
Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories Audio CD 4268976 $24.98 $8.45 2004
Rip Van Winkle And Other Stories By Washington Irving Hardcover 14107290 $4.98 1960
Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (Puffin Classics) Paperback 566251 $3.62 $0.01 1996