He went to a private school and left New York City to study law. While he was studying he wrote his first Journals. When he came back to New York City to practice law, he wrote "The History of New York" which became more widely known.
In 1815 Irving went to England to help his brothers business, but it failed.While he stayed in England he composed a book with several stories and poems, which was known under the name " The Sketch book"
In 1822 he lived in Germany and France for several years, and he moved to Spain 1826 and became attached to the US embassy of Madrid.
In Spain he worked on the Biography of Christopher Columbus, Granada and the Alhambra. From 1829-1832 he was a secretary of the US legation in London and after that he returned to Spain as the US ambassador, but he spend most of his time in New York, were he published more historical biographies.
Washington Irving's work
A History of New York -1809
Sketch book of Geoffrey
Bracebridge Hall -1822
Tales of a Traveller -1824
A History of the Life and
Voyages of Christopher
Chronicle of the Conquest
of Granada -1829
Voyages and Discoveries
of the Companions of
Tales of Alhambra -1832
The Crayon Miscellany -1835
The Adventures of Captain
The life of Oliver Goldsmith-1840
Biography and Poetical Remains
of the Late Margaret Miller Davidson-1841
Mahomet and His Successors-1850
The Life of George Washington-1855-1859