Washington Irving, Esquire: Ambassador at Large from the New World to the Old

Washington Irving, Esquire: Ambassador at Large from the New World to the Old

Washington Irving, Esquire: Ambassador at Large from the New World to the Old

Washington Irving, Esquire: Ambassador at Large from the New World to the Old

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Biographies of Washington Irving since the appearance, in 1862, of the Life and Letters edited by his nephew, Pierre M. Irving, have followed closely along the lines of that publication, to which the present volume is also in many ways indebted. During the last ten years, however, there has been discovered, or, in some instances, re-discovered a very considerable amount of original Irving material making possible a new Visualization of that talented, lazy, pleasure-loving, charming man who was not only the first American author of international reputation but also the best beloved American during the first seventy-five years of our republic. A large group of Irving journals and notebooks ranging from the year 1804 to unpublished letters of Irving in the Library of Congress and in the files of the State Department at Washington; the entire correspondence between Irving and his best friend, Henry Brevoort; books and private papers at Sunnyside; unpublished journals of Irving's contemporaries -- these are but some of the sources from which new information has been gathered for the pages of this biography.

To many persons I am indebted for courtesies in the course of this work, and I record with grateful appreciation the names of Mrs. Robert Sedgwick, Mr. and Mrs. L. DuPont Irving, Mrs. Isaac N. Seligman, Mr. Henry H. Harper, Mr. Gouverneur Kemble, Miss Elisabeth Brill, Mrs. Alfred A. Scheffer, Mr. James K. Hackett, Prof. Brander Matthews, Prof. Arthur H. Nason, Mrs. G. R. C. Conybeare, Dr. S. L. Rowe, Mr. J. Butler Wright, Mr. W. A. Slade, Mr. Horatio S. Krans, Mr. William R. Langfeld, Mr. Clayton Hamilton, Mr. Philip Boyer, Prof.

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