Journal of Washington Irving, 1828, and Miscellaneous Notes on Moorish Legend and History

Journal of Washington Irving, 1828, and Miscellaneous Notes on Moorish Legend and History

Journal of Washington Irving, 1828, and Miscellaneous Notes on Moorish Legend and History

Journal of Washington Irving, 1828, and Miscellaneous Notes on Moorish Legend and History

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Here in the bright southern sunlight, within view of the very villages and ranges traversed by Washington Irving one hundred and eight years ago, I have lingered too long over the pages of this dim, old Journal. For this excess of interest in Irving's thirty- seven day's pilgrimage through Castile and Andalusia, I must plead several unpersuasive reasons. One of these is the daily presence, as I write, of the blue Mediterranean and of the white-capped ridges of Granada. These have lent a kind of reality or factitous importance, in my study of the Journal, to Irving's constant allusions to such scenery. Another is my antiquarian curiosity in following exactly his route from Granada to Málaga, and from Málaga to Ronda, on the roads themselves and also on the maps stored away in the dusty quiet of the Biblioteca de la Sociedad Económica, in the Plaza de la Constitución. And, as a final sentimental excuse, I have struggled long with this document because I know write for the last time (a blessed boon to my friends!) on Irving's Spanish exile.

Such moods are certainly too personal to motivate a boo which aims to add a scholarly mite to our . . .

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