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. His story
of Rip Van Winkle continues to be appreciated by many, and “The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has been made into movies, a musical, and
a drama, and has a website dedicated to it. T…
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Rust, Richard. "Washington Irving". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 February 2009
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