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 popular 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 subje
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

3.73 avg rating — 53,495 ratings — published 1820 — 65 editions
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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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September 2018 Short Story Poll

 
  97 votes, 30.6%

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 1819, 61 pages
 
  91 votes, 28.7%

 
  58 votes, 18.3%

 
  55 votes, 17.4%

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 1955, 128 pages
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

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