Sketch by Daniel
Maclise, c.1830s. Courtesy The Walter Scott Digital Archive,
Edinburgh University Library.
Washington Irving is considered by some today to be old-fashioned,
a fate he anticipated in his Sketch Book
“Westminster Abbey” and “The Mutability of Literature”. Yet Irving
believed that imagination of a Shakespearean quality defies
mutability – which may well apply to Irving's best work. …
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