Washinton Irving Book summary

Washington Irving was born to a wealthy family of merchants in Manhattan. He was named after George Washington, the American war hero, who hadn't yet been elected to be the president of the United States of America. Irving's family fortunes were ruined by the war of 1812, yet they continued to remain wealthy due to the rapid onset of the Industrial revolution. The author studied law before he went on to pursue his interest in historical and short fiction. He is considered by many to be among the first American authors who gained fame outside the borders of the country. Irving spent a great amount of time in Europe, particularly Britain, and Spain during his life. He even went on to serve as the American Ambassador to Spain later in his life. Irving eventually returned to New York, where he passed away in 1859. Other notable works by the author include the extremely popular The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as Rip Van Winkle.

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