Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Washington Irving was a prolific writer of essays, travel accounts, histories, biographies and short stories. He is perhaps best known for his short stories 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle' which appeared in his 'The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent' (1820).
Irving admired many of his fellow authors including the poets Thomas Campbell and Lord Byron and novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott. Irving's visits to Scott's and Byron's homes produced a travel account, 'Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey' (1835).
Irving travelled extensively, particularly to Spain where he was ambassador to Madrid. His interest in Spanish history and research in Spanish archives produced a number of histories.
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NRA name: Irving, Washington (1783-1859) American Author.
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