Irving, Washington, 1783-1859

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1783-04-03
Death 1859-11-28
Americans
English, German

Biographical notes:

American author and resident of New York.

From the description of Life of George Washington : Manuscript footnote, [185-]. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58758590

Washington Irving, one of the first American writers to earn an international reputation, was born in New York City, the youngest of 11 children. He was a leading member of the Knickerbocker Group. In 1807, Irving had published a serial, Salmaqundi. In 1815, he went to England where he remained for 17 years, travelling in Germany, France and Spain. While there he published The sketch books of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (1820), which included Rip Van Winkle and The legend of Sleepy Hollow. Also he published The Alhambra (1832).

From the description of Alhambra: Manuscript, [ca. 1832]. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122445100

American writer.

From the description of Papers, 1840, n.d. [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647823301

Washington Irving was an American author, best known for short stories "Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," and historical biographies. He wrote under a pen name for the Morning Chronicle and then moved to England in 1915 where he began his famous novels under his own name.

From the guide to the Washington Irving note, undated, (Ohio University)

Washington Irving, American author, essayist, biographer and historian.

From the description of Washington Irving manuscript material : 12 items, 1811-ca. 1855 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 437053288

Washington Irving (1783-1859), the American author, wrote his first popular work, A History of New York, under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker. He continued to write stories and essays which made him the outstanding figure in American literature of his time and established his reputation abroad. In 1826 Irving went to Spain to work at the American embassy in Madrid, then at the American legation in London, before returning to New York in 1832. In 1842 he was sent back to Madrid as U.S. minister. After traveling extensively in the U.S. and Europe, he established himself at his estate "Sunnyside" near Tarrytown, N.Y. where he continued to write historical and biographical works. He also served as the first president of the Astor Library in New York City from 1849 until his death in 1859.

From the description of Washington Irving papers, 1759-1898, bulk (1805-1866). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122364013

From the guide to the Washington Irving papers, 1759-1898, 1805-1866, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." His non-fiction works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain. Irving also served as U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

From the guide to the Washington Irving Collection, 1831-1832, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Irving was an American author.

From the description of Letters to Thomas Wentworth Storrow and family, 1821-1859. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122372646

From the guide to the Washington Irving letters to Thomas Wentworth Storrow and family, 1821-1859., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Charlottesville, to Benj. F. Minor and others, 1833 May 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269523594

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sunnyside Cottage, to his sister Sarah Van Wart in Birmingham, 1841 May 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535898

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sunnyside, to Mrs. Astor, Feb. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535878

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to [Dmitri Ivanovitch] Dolgorouki, [1829?] Jan. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871117

From the description of Letter to Robert Donaldson [manuscript], n.y. March 17. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647841958

From the description of Letter, 1854 July 2, Sunnyside, N.Y., to George [Henry?] [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647833345

From the description of Letter, 1830 May 13, to "Dear Sir" [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647809612

From the description of Letter, 1835 Apr. 11, New York, to Col. Thomas Aspinwall, London [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647809725

From the description of Letters, 1831 & n.d., to [James] Bandinel [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647809930

From the description of Letter to John Murray [manuscript], 1824 January 27. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647874197

From the description of Papers of Washington Irving [manuscript], 1804-1830, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978384

From the description of Letter to Matthew Clarkson [manuscript], 1848 October 10. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978399

From the description of Papers of Washington Irving [manuscript], 1813, 1830, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978442

From the description of Letter to Joseph Cogswell [manuscript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978382

From the description of Letter to James H. Hackett [manuscript], 1857 January 3. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978438

From the description of Letter to Donald Grant Mitchell [manuscript], 1851 November 25. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978446

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sunnyside, to William H. Seal, 1851 Nov. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535862

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Francis Markoe, Jr., 1842 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269532620

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mr. [John] Wetherell, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269539204

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to John Murray, Esq., 1825 Aug. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269533913

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sunnyside, to Professor B. Silliman, 1856 July 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535865

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Sunnyside, to Charles Lanman, 1852 Dec. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535844

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Liverpool, to [Sir] Walter Scott, 1817 Oct. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269528899

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to John Wetherell, Esq., 1831 July 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269530061

From the description of Autograph manuscript page numbered 580: [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871115

From the description of Autograph manuscript page numbered 331 : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871112

From the description of Abbotsford : autograph manuscript, [1835]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870125

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to the London bookseller and publisher John Miller, 1824 Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871109

From the description of A history of New York : autograph manuscript fragment : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870174

From the description of Autograph manuscript page numbered 258: [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871111

From the description of Life of George Washington : [n.p.] : portion of the autograph manuscript, vol. 5, chapter 34, describing the last illness and death of Washington, and fragments from vol. 4, Chapters 4 and 26, revised manuscript, with printer's marks, [n.d.]. (Morgan Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 81582945

From the description of Letter to John Kennedy [manuscript], 1858 October 29. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647978396

Author.

From the description of Papers of Washington Irving, 1805-1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451139

From the description of Papers of Washington Irving [manuscript] 1851, 1857. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647947485

Virgil David was president of the Lawrenceville Lyceum in Western Pennsylvania.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Virgil David, n.p., 1836 Apr. 23. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 55822240

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Virgil David, n.p., 1836 Apr. 23. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 80290312

Diplomat, minister to Spain, 1842-1846.

From the description of Letter, 1842 Mar. 22, to Daniel Webster (New Hampshire Newsp Project). WorldCat record id: 80097151

Prominent American author.

From the description of Papers, 1828. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 41579856

American author; lived in Tarrytown, N.Y.

From the description of Letters : Sunnyside, to George P. Paterson and James A. Murtland, 1852 Dec. 27 and 1857 Dec. 12. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 71242442

American novelist.

From the description of Letter, [182-?]. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 13039838

American author and diplomat.

From the description of Manuscripts, n.d. [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647809825

Washington Irving was a military officer. He was a colonel, aide-de-camp to Governor Daniel Tompkins of New York.

From the description of Washington Irving papers, undated. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 50622934

American author. Irving was on friendly terms with John Jacob Astor as early as 1821, and wrote the authorized history of his Astoria settlement.

From the description of LS, 1849 May 25 : to Mrs. Langdon. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122380583

Washington Irving, an American writer, was born in New York in 1783 to Deacon William Irving and Sarah Sanders. He was largely self-educated. In 1798, he began work at the law office of Henry Masterton. In 1804, he sailed for France, where he lived and traveled. He returned in 1806 and wrote for many newspapers. His most well-known works of fiction are "Rip Van Winkle," and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Irving died on November 28, 1859, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From the guide to the Irving letter, Sunnyside, New York, to Julia Sanders MS 0002., 1854 April 3., (Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections)

Washington Irving, an American author, essayist, travel book writer, biographer and columnist, is best known for his short stories THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and RIP VAN WINKLE. He was born in New York City as the youngest of eleven children. He studied law but practiced only briefly. His career as a writer started in journals and newspapers. He traveled widely in Europe, and it was after a seventeen year trip with his brothers to England to run the family business that he returned to the United States as "Geoffrey Crayon," the famous American author. Irving published THE SKETCH-BOOK in New York in 1819 and in London in 1820 and it became an instant success. In 1842 he was appointed minister to Spain, and in 1846 Irving retired to "Sunnyside," the family home in Tarrytown, NY, where he continued to write.

From the description of Washington Irving collection, 1831-1858. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 66529699

Washington Irving was an American author of short stories, travel literature, humorous and historical works, folklore, biographies, and essays.

From the description of Washington Irving collection of papers, [1805]-1933 bulk (1815-1859). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122639865

Washington Irving was an American author of short stories, travel literature, humorous and historical works, folklore, biographies, and essays. Born on April 3, 1783 in New York, Irving spent several years abroad in both England and Spain. He was the secretary to the American Legation in London from 1829 to 1842 when he was appointed as the U.S. Minister to Spain for four years.

From the guide to the Washington Irving collection of papers, 1805]-1933, 1815-1859, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Washington Irving remains the archetypal American short story writer. Infused with warmth, imagination, and gentle good humor, Irving's stories helped make him the first important American writer. He also wrote history, criticisms, travel essays, and other miscellaneous works, using local history and color to legendary effect.

From the description of Washington Irving letters and manuscript fragment, 1816-1835. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 50616659

Epithet: American author

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000750.0x0002ff

Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian. His best known works include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving's historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad as well as works focused on 15th-century Spain, including A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada (1829) and The Alhambra (1832). Irving served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

From the guide to the Washington Irving Signatures (MS 260), [n.d.], [n.d.], (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

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