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Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. 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), he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. Irving and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have encouraged authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also the U.S. minister to Spain 1842-1846.

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

by Washington Irving

When Captain James Bonneville left for California in May of 1832 his motives were mixed. Officially, the French-born officer was on a two-year leave of absence from the U. S. Army, but he carried orders to collect information on the geography, geology, and topography "of the Country within the limits of the Territories belonging to the United States, between our frontier, and the Pacific." No one heard from him for five years, and he was assumed he was dead, or AWOL. But Bonneville had befriended a mountain man named Joseph Rutherford Walker in 1833, and the two men became the first white men to see Yosemite. They returned by a more southern route, discovering Walker Pass, the southern route across the Sierras (the salt flats in Utah are named in Bonneville's honor). Upon Bonneville's return, Washington Irving, by then an internationally famous writer, met him in the home of John Jacob Astor, the fur baron. Washington was fascinated by Bonneville's tales of exploration, finding them full of interesting details of life among the mountains, and of mountain men and Native Americans that he had met. It bore, too, throughout, "the impress of his character, his bonhommie, his kindliness of spirit, and his susceptibility to the grand and beautiful," according to Irving. Bonneville's journals formed the backbone of Irving's work, which was widely lauded upon its publication in 1837. It has remained a classic ever since, capturing a long lost era of rugged mountain men and the thrill of being the first to view the expansive landscapes of the American West.

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

by Washington Irving

The expeditions and adventures of Captain Bonneville, of the United States army, are the theme of this book.

Astoria: Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

by Washington Irving

In 1811 a group of American traders built a fort at the mouth of the Columbia River, named Fort Astoria in honor of its financier, John Jacob Astor. Envisioned as the spur of a fur-trading empire, by 1813 the project was a business failure and the fort was surrendered to the British. But in its short life Astoria rendered incalculable benefits to public understanding of the Great Northwest. The exploration of trade routes, the description of various Indian tribes and their customs, and an American claim on the Northwest coast were among many of its legacies. Astor never relinquished his pride in the enterprise and insisted that the West would one day be a dominating factor in national politics. To drive his point home he asked Washington Irving, the country's most renowned and respected author, to transform the papers of Fort Astoria into a unified and readable history. Irving accepted the offer and published Astoria in 1836. From its first appearance--when it was hailed by no less a reviewer than Edgar Allan Poe--to the present day, Astoria has been read as a vivid and fascinating history, comparable indeed to the finest of romances, but rooted in the rough and hardy life of trapping, hunting, and exploration.

Bracebridge Hall: or The Humorists

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author of the early nineteenth century. Best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle, he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. He spoke fluent Spanish, which served him well in his writings on that country, and he could read several other languages, including German and Dutch. His first book was A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker. He travelled on the Western frontier in the 1830s and recorded his glimpses of Western tribes in A Tour on the Prairies. He spoke against the mishandling of relations with the Native American tribes by Europeans and Americans. He popularized the nickname "Gotham" for New York City, and is credited with inventing the expression "the Almighty dollar."

Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. 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), he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. Irving and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have encouraged authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also the U.S. minister to Spain 1842-1846.

The Crayon Papers

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. 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), he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. Irving and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have encouraged authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also the U.S. minister to Spain 1842-1846.

A History of New York

by Washington Irving

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. million-books. com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: BOOK I. CONTAINING DIVERS INGENIOUS THEORIES AVD PHILOSOPHIC SPECULATIONS, CONCERNING THE CREATION AND POPULATION OF THE WORLD, AS CONNECTED WITH THE HISTORY OF NEW-YORK. CHAPTER I. Description of the World. According to the best authorities, theworld iu which we dwell is a huge, opaque, reflecting, inanimate mass, floating in the vast ethereal ocean of infinite space. It has the form of an orange, being an oblate spheroid, curiously flattened at opposite parts, for the insertion of two imaginary poles, which are supposed to penetrate and unite at the centre; thus forming an axis on which the mighty orange turns with a regular diurnal revolution. The transitions of light and darkness, whence proceed the alternations of day and night, are produced by this diurnal revolution successively pre- 32 DERSCRIPTION OF THE WORLD. tenting the different parts of the earth to the rays of the sun. The latter is, according to the best, that is to say, the latest accounts, a luminous or fiery body, of a prodigious magnitude, from which this world is driven by a centrifugal or repelling power, and to which it is drawn by a centripetal or attractive force; otherwise called the attraction of gravitation; the combination, or rather the counteraction of these two opposing impulses pBoducing a circular and annual revolution. Hence result the different seasons of the year, viz. spring, summer, autumn, and winter. This I believe to be the most approved modern theory on the subject?though there be many philosophers who have entertained very different opinions; some, too, of them entitled to much deference from their great antiquity and illustrious characters. Thus it was advanced by some of the ancient sages, that the earth was an extended plain, supported by vast pillars; and by . . .

A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dyna

by Washington Irving

A sly satire on self-important local history that brought ''Knickerbocker'' into the American lexicon.

Kitty Literature: An Illustrated Collection for Cat Lovers

by William Shakespeare L. Frank Baum Rudyard Kipling Miguel De Cervantes Edgar Allan Poe Charles Darwin Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Charles Dickens Louisa May Alcott Alexandre Dumas Lewis Carroll Henry David Thoreau Oscar Wilde John Greenleaf Whittier Sir Walter Scott Washington Irving Anton Chekhov Lafcadio Hearn Beatrix Potter John Keats Bram Stoker Harriet Beecher Stowe H. P. Lovecraft Carl Sandburg E. E. Cummings John Muir Leonardo Da Vinci William Wordsworth W. B. Yeats Charles Baudelaire William Carlos Williams The Brothers Grimm Percy Bysshe Shelley John Richard Stephens Arthur Rackham Vincent Van Gogh John James Audubon Paul Gauguin Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes Teddy Roosevelt Louis Wain Samuel F. B. Morse Goya Ando Hiroshige Pierre-Auguste Renoir Thomas Eakins Henri Rousseau

People have been fascinated by cats for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians, all the way down to today's cat lovers throughout the world, cats have held a special place in people's lives. Cats are unique creatures. It shouldn't be surprising that they have captured the imaginations of many of the world's greatest authors and artists.This book contains 229 illustrations selected from the world's best cat art by 49 great artists, and explores stories, poetry, essays and quotations on cats by 36 of the most acclaimed and classic writers.From Beatrix Potter to Louisa May Alcott to Teddy Roosevelt, this eclectic collection features writings about cats by such great masters as Dickens, Kipling, Chekhov, Poe, Lovecraft, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Whittier, Audubon, Muir, Thoreau, and Mark Twain, accompanied by fine art museum pieces by Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, Rousseau, Hiroshige, Goya, Gauguin, and many others.Kitty Literature is perfect for anyone who lives with one or more cats. It will also make an excellent gift book.(306 pages, 229 illustrations)

Kitty Literature: An Illustrated Collection for Cat Lovers

by William Shakespeare L. Frank Baum Rudyard Kipling Miguel De Cervantes Edgar Allan Poe Charles Darwin Emily Dickinson Mark Twain Charles Dickens Louisa May Alcott Alexandre Dumas Lewis Carroll Henry David Thoreau Oscar Wilde John Greenleaf Whittier Sir Walter Scott Washington Irving Anton Chekhov Lafcadio Hearn Beatrix Potter John Keats Bram Stoker P. G. Wodehouse Harriet Beecher Stowe H. P. Lovecraft Carl Sandburg E. E. Cummings John Muir Leonardo Da Vinci William Wordsworth W. B. Yeats Charles Baudelaire William Carlos Williams The Brothers Grimm Percy Bysshe Shelley John Richard Stephens Arthur Rackham Vincent Van Gogh John James Audubon Paul Gauguin Pierre Bonnard Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes Teddy Roosevelt Louis Wain Samuel F. B. Morse Goya Marc Chagall Ando Hiroshige Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pablo Picasso Thomas Eakins Henri Rousseau

People have been fascinated by cats for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians, all the way down to today's cat lovers throughout the world, cats have held a special place in people's lives. Cats are unique creatures. It shouldn't be surprising that they have captured the imaginations of many of the world's greatest authors and artists.This book contains 242 illustrations selected from the world's best cat art by 58 great artists, and explores stories, poetry, essays and quotations on cats by 37 of the most acclaimed and classic writers.From Beatrix Potter to Louisa May Alcott to Teddy Roosevelt, this eclectic collection features writings about cats by such great masters as Dickens, Kipling, Chekhov, Poe, Lovecraft, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Whittier, Audubon, Muir, Thoreau, and Mark Twain, accompanied by fine art museum pieces by Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, Rousseau, Hiroshige, Goya, Chagall, Gauguin, and Picasso.Kitty Literature is perfect for anyone who lives with one or more cats. It will also make an excellent gift book.(321 pages, 242 illustrations)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

In a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane, an extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, competes with Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman, is said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball, and "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head," though the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom in disguise.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving

The quintessential American writer, Washington Irving emerged as the country's first popular author with such beloved nineteenth-century short stories as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." These highly entertaining fiction masterpieces reveal Irving's unique mastery at portraying the landscapes and culture of early America.This modestly priced edition includes both of these Irving landmarks, as well as other acclaimed short works by the famous essayist, travel writer, biographer, and historian: * The Spectre Bridegroom* The Devil and Tom Walker* The Wife* Westminster Abbey* Mountjoy* Adventure of the Mysterious Strangerand five other classics.Filled with satire, pathos, and picturesque observations, these remarkable stories are important foundations of the American literary tradition.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving

In a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane, an extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, competes with Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman, is said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball, and "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head," though the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom in disguise.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving Elizabeth L. Bradley

The timeless collection that introduced Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless HorsemanPerhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories gave America its own haunted mythology. This collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irving's best-known literary inventions--Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle--that continue to capture our imaginations today.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

by Washington Irving William L. Hedges

Before the fall premiere of the new television series, read the original legend of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and the singularly spooky town of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving's classic book When Washington Irving first published this collection of essays, sketches, and tales--originally entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.--readers greeted it with enthusiasm, and Irving emerged as America's first successful professional author. This volume includes "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," two of America's most recognizable and loved works of fiction and displays Irving's ability to depict American landscapes and culture so vividly that readers feel themselves a part of them. And it is on the basis of these two classic tales that Irving is generally credited with inventing the short story as a distinct literary genre. Also included here are gently ironic pieces about life in England that reflect the author's interest in the traditions of the Old World and his longings for his home in the New.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories From the Sketch Book

by Washington Irving Wayne Franklin

Sage, storyteller, and wit, Washington Irving created such staples of American fiction as the stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." He earned his preeminence in early American literature with the masterpieces in miniature collected here: dozens of stories, travel essays, biographical discourses, and literary musings. "His influence on American writers is unquestioned," wrote Edgar Allan Poe, and his stories have proved as enduring as the Catskill Mountains the author immortalized. "Exceptional talent....I am one of his most ardent admirers. I admired Mr. Irving's work so much, in fact, that I gave it the ultimate praise; I 'borrowed it.'"--Edgar Allan Poe With an Introduction by Wayne Franklin

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories: Or, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

by Washington Irving

With his belovedGothic tales, Washington Irving is said to have created the genre of the short story in America. Though Irving crafted many of the most memorable characters in fiction, from Rip Van Winkle to Ichabod Crane, his gifts were not confined to the short story alone. He was also a master of satire, essay, travelogue, and folktale, as evidenced in this classic collection. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "Every reader has a first book. . . . which, in early youth, first fascinates his imagination, and at once excites and satisfies the desires of his mind. To me, this first book wasThe Sketch Bookof Washington Irving. . . The charm ofThe Sketch Bookremains unbroken; the old fascination still lingers about it. "

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales

by Washington Irving

The Headless Horseman faces off with Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," a ghost story of enduring popularity that takes place at the time of the American Revolution. "Rip Van Winkle," another traditional favorite from the same historic period, tells the tale of man who fell asleep for twenty years and found his small town in the Catskill Mountains much changed by the time he awakened. Both are included--along with many other tales--in this classic collection by Washington Irving.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle

by Washington Irving

Ichabod Crane faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle rises from a 20-year sleep to find a world vastly changed in these two delightful classics of American literature. Complete and unabridged, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with 6 new full-page illustrations.

The Life and Voyages of Christopher C

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. 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), he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. Irving and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have encouraged authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also the U.S. minister to Spain 1842-1846.

The Life of George Washington

by Washington Irving

Washington Irving's Life of George Washington (published in five volumes in 1856-59) was the product of his last years and remains his most personal work. Christened with the name of the great general, Irving was blessed by Washington while still a boy of seven, and later came to know many of the prominent figures of the Revolution. In these pages he describes them using firsthand source material and observation. The result is a book which is fascinating not only for its subject (the American Revolution), but also for how it reveals in illuminating detail the personality and humanity of a now remote, towering icon. Here is an intimate portrait of Washington the man, from Virginia youth to colonial commander to commander-in-chief of the patriot army to first president and great guiding force of the American federation. But one cannot read Irving's Life without marveling at the supreme art behind it, for his biography is foremost a work of literature.

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