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Washington Irving Essay

  • Submitted by: Kurokimora
  • on February 27, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,676 words

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Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century, who was born in New York City on April 3rd, 1783. He was the youngest of 11 children whose father was a wealthy merchant, and his mother, an English woman, whom was the granddaughter of a clergyman. Irving developed a deep passion for books along with interests in writing, architecture and landscape design, traveling, and diplomacy. He often enjoyed visiting different places and a large part of his life was spent in Europe, particularly England, France, Germany, and Spain. When he returned to New York after having traveled and lived in Europe he was welcomed as the first American author to achieve international fame.
Before writing became a profession for him he had many other careers including being partnered with his brothers in the family hardware business in New York and Liverpool, England, and as well as being the representative of the business in England until it collapsed in 1818.   He even studied law privately in the offices of Henry Masterton, Brockholst Livingston, and John Ogde Hoffman. His career as a writer began in newspaper and journals; from 1812 to 1814 he was an editor of Analetic magazine in Philadelphia and New York. With his career in writing Irving would sometimes use pen names, one of his well known being "Diedrich Knickerbocker." He received a gold medal in history from the Royal Society of Literature in London, and also received honorary degrees from Oxford, Columbia, and Harvard. Trained as a lawyer, Irving was active in the field of diplomacy including in 1829 when Irving became secretary to the American Legation under Martin Van Buren. Some of his travels throughout Europe included being a diplomatic representative of the United States.   In 1842, American President Tyler appointed him Minister to Spain.
In 1809 appeared Irving's comic history of the Dutch regime in New York, A History of New York, by the imaginary 'Dietrich...

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