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  • Washington Irving's Second Book
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    Washington Irving Washington Irving was the first native American to succeed as a professional writer. He remains important as a pioneer in American humor and the development of the short story. Irving was greatly admired and imitated in the 19th century. Toward the end of his career, his reputation declined due to the sentimentality and excessive gentility of much of his work ("Irving" 479). Washington Irving's time spent in the Hudson Valley and abroad contributed to his writing of The Devil a...
  • Legend Of Rip Van Winkle
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    Irving's American Progeny Washington Irving had the unique opportunity of helping a new nation forge its own identity. America, fresh out of the revolution, looked for an author to take charge and create something that seemed to be missing from the newly born nation. He took this responsibility seriously and made a mythology that founded an American literary tradition. He took bits and pieces from the Old World and incorporated them into the New in such a manner that what he wrote appeared origi...
  • Washington Irving
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    Authors: M. Rowlandson, J. Edwards, T. Jefferson, W. Irving, and J. Cooper Mary Rowlandson's short works displayed the puritanical ways of accepting their fates, and any obstacles in their ways were tests from God. This way of thinking and living is personified in her (basically) short narrative tale of herself being captured by Indians, and her daughter being killed by the savages by the way. Jonathan Edwards, a exceptionally intelligent man, able to manipulate people. A slight step up from Pur...
  • Washington Irving Washington Irving
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    Washington Irving Washington Irving was relatively quiet after his years of law school until he embarked on a seventeen year expedition through Europe in 1815. During his travels, he met he English writers who would be most influential on him and his writings. The group consisted of Joseph Addison, Oliver Goldsmith, and Sir Walter Scott. One of his earliest works was published under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon in 1819, The Sketch Book. Included in this work of art were two American tales which...
  • Ogden Hoffman And Irving
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    Romanticism is a literary and artistic movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that placed value on emotion or imagination over reason, on the imagination over society. Some sources say Romanticism started in reaction to neo-classicism, or the Enlightenment. The most important result of romanticism was the emphasis laid upon the supernatural. Some writers during this time period were Mary Shelley with Frankenstein, Edgar Allen Poe with various poems and selections, such as The Raven,...
  • Rip Van Winkle
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    Both of the stories by Washington Irving are fictitious tales written in the mid 1800's. The author, Washington Irving, was an influential author. He invented narrators, who were both comical and fictional, to explain his stories. His work was based on German folk tales, and he added an American twist to the age-old tales. The first thing that strikes me after reading both of these stories is that Irving uses inflated diction in both. This is another reason Irving became so popular. This way of ...
  • Most Amazing Things About Washington Irving
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    Imaginative Characteristics in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving was a well-known American author who lived in the early nineteenth century. As a child he enjoyed spending his time reading, mostly romance and travel books. This led to the critical development of the styles that he used in his stories. These styles were most noticeable through his use of setting, characters, and inventing with his own imagination. It was through these aspects that he best conveyed his thoughts about ...

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