Washington Irving wrote mainly essays and short stories such as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” and “Rip Van Winkle.” And to this day is called “the father of the modern short story”.
This paper is on the work and life of Washington Irving. In this paper I will tell how he came by the marvelous stories that he is famous for. Like the famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”. Another story that he is famous for is “Rip Van Winkle.”. I will also tell about his life from birth to death. Such as the fact that he was named in honor of our first president George Washington (Source B Pg.1). Another fact that for most of his young life he had very poor health. So I will start at the very beginning at the start of his life and writing career.
Washington Irving was born on the third of April, 1783 in New York, NY (Source A Pg.1). Washington was born into a family of eleven other children. His father was an austere Presbyterian and his mother was a genial Anglican (Source A Pg.1). His father’s name was William Irving and his mother’s name was Sarah Irving. Washington cut his academic studies short at the age of sixteen and went to study law in the office of Josiah Ogden Hoffman (Source A Pg.1). This is where he got his start as a writer and essayist. During his time studying law he became engaged to Hoffman’s daughter but when she suddenly died he never got over the loss.
After traveling the world in 1826 he went to live in Spain were he gained wonderful inspiration for many of his Spanish books (Source A Pg.1). He went to Spain on account of an invitation from Alexander Hill Everest. The invitation asked for Washington to join Alexander in his embassy in Madrid. Washington accepted with great eagerness because of his recent financial crisis. When he came to Spain he became very interested in Spain’s history and culture. The main thing for him was the Islamic influence on the culture and history. Also the teachings of Mohamed the Prophet and what he brought to the culture and history.
In the end he returned to New York after being gone seventeen years. Later on he traveled west with the United States Army. During his time traveling with the army he also visited New Orleans. Out of his travels came many books on his experiences out west. After that he retired to his home “Sunnyside” in Tarrytown, New York (Source B Pg.1). There he lived with one of his brothers named Ebenezer and Ebenezer’s wife and their five daughters. When Washington Irving died he was buried in “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery” in “Sleepy Hollow”, NY in honor of him (Source B Pg.1).
Early on in his writings he wrote his “Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon” and not to mention all the books that came from his travels around the world. When he first started writing he was working on a comical and fictional history of New York from the perspective of man from the Dutch regime by the name of Diedrich Knickbocker. When Washington wrote he normally used one of two pen names. The names of the...