Washington Irving

Richard Rust (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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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. 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 …

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Citation: Rust, Richard. "Washington Irving". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 February 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2315, accessed 21 September 2023.]

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