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The Resource Washington Irving

Washington Irving

Label
Washington Irving
Title
Washington Irving
Statement of responsibility
Brian Jay Jones
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The fascinating life of a man who "ranked as one of America's greatest writers, bon vivants, and literary showmen" (The New York Times). The author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip van Winkle" was a quintessential New Yorker, presidential confidant, diplomat, lawyer, and renowned charmer. The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of twenty-six. In 1809, he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker, to great acclaim. The public's appetite for all things Irving was insatiable; his name alone guaranteed sales. At the time, he was one of the most famous men in the world, a friend of Dickens, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, as well as Astor, van Buren, and Madison. But his sparkling public persona was only one side of this gentleman author. In brilliant, meticulous strokes, Brian Jay Jones renders Washington Irving in all his flawed splendor—someone who fretted about money and employment, suffered from writer's block, and doggedly cultivated his reputation. Jones offers a very human portrait of the often contrasting public and private lives of this true American original. "A fine biography—engaging, clearly written, and well researched." —TheWashington Post Book World
Summary
A portrait of the nineteenth-century diplomat and writer evaluates his wild popularity, friendships with such contemporaries as Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and determined efforts to cultivate his own public persona
Biography type
individual biography
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254709
Cataloging source
DLC
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Jones, Brian Jay
Dewey number
818.209
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • History
  • Literary Criticism
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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an American original
Label
Washington Irving
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781628721881
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Washington Irving
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781628721881
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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