Washington Irving


Born
in New York City, NY, The United States
April 03, 1783

Died
November 28, 1859

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Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle.

In 1809, he published The History of New York under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Irving is best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., which he published in 1819.

Irving's historical works include a five volume biography of George Washington (after whom he was named) as well as biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with su
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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“There is a sacredness in tears....They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”
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“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”
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Polls

March 2016 Old School Classic Poll

1847, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, 251 pages
 
  42 votes, 19.9%

1869, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
 
  36 votes, 17.1%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  33 votes, 15.6%

 
  29 votes, 13.7%

1516, Utopia by Thomas More, 135 pages
 
  22 votes, 10.4%

 
  21 votes, 10.0%

1721, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, 339 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.2%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  9 votes, 4.3%

 
  8 votes, 3.8%

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