Washington Irving (1783-1859), a prolific author of both fiction and nonfiction, was one of the first American writers to be acclaimed in Europe during his lifetime. In 1842 he was appointed ambassador to Spain, where he served until 1846. Irving wrote numerous short stories, novels, biographies, histories, and travelogues, but his most enduring legacies are the tales Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, both first published in his short story collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819. These stories have been adapted numerous times in modern movies, plays, and cartoons. Batman fans may note that Irving coined the term “Gotham” for New York City, and he was an early popularizer of the Christmas holiday, including the invention of St. Nicholas’ flying sled.
Graphic Classics Volume 23
144 pages, color, $15