Washington Irving

(1978 words)
  • Richard Rust

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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 essays, “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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Citation:
Rust, Richard. "Washington Irving". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 February 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2315, accessed 30 June 2015.]

Articles on Irving's works

  1. The Sketch Book