Washington Irving

By: Shivam Jaiswal


Washington Irving was a popular 19th century American author, best known for the stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Born on April 3, 1783. He had studied law and then went to England set up a business with his brother. After the business failed he moved back and practiced law with a private lawyer. Gradually saw interest in literature and started writing stories. (Wikipedia page)
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Washington Irving served as a kind of role model and mentor for many of the American Romantics writing in the late 1800's--chiefly among Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Although not exactly a Romantic himself, Irving paved the way for many who were and serves as a kind of "bridge" between the Romantics and those that came before. He also gave a different face to short stories. (Paragraph 3, bullet 4)

Connection to literature

In the work "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" we see themes and ideas that are connected to the romantic movement. In these work. he uses several characteristics of romantic literature. Namely, the embracing of individualism and the rejection of strict religious intellect. The focus is much more on emotional response, rather than logic. (First Paragraph)


-Washington Irving. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 04:08, Dec 14, 2014

-Hedges, William. "Washington Irving (1783-1859)." Washington Irving (1783-1859). Georgetown.edu, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

-"Washington Irving." - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.