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The works of Washington Irving

£140.00

Product description

Eight volumes out of ten of set from 1859.
Rebound with leather corners.

Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of letters, and the first to earn his living solely by his pen.

"We feel a just pride in his renown as an author, not forgetting that, to his other claims upon our gratitude, he adds also that of having been the first to win for our country an honourable name and position in the History of Letters," the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Irving perfected the American short story and was the first American writer to place his stories firmly in the United States, even as he poached from German or Dutch folklore. He is also generally credited as one of the first to write both in the vernacular, and without an obligation to the moral or didactic in his short stories, writing stories simply to entertain rather than to enlighten.

Some critics, however—including Edgar Allan Poe—felt that while Irving should be given credit for being an innovator, the writing itself was often unsophisticated. "Irving is much over-rated", Poe wrote in 1838, "and a nice distinction might be drawn between his just and his surreptitious and adventitious reputation—between what is due to the pioneer solely, and what to the writer."

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Used: good
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Hardback
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Publisher:
Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden

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Eight volumes out of ten of set from 1859.
Rebound with leather corners.

Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of letters, and the first to earn his living solely by his pen.

"We feel a just pride in his renown as an author, not forgetting that, to his other claims upon our gratitude, he adds also that of having been the first to win for our country an honourable name and position in the History of Letters," the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Irving perfected the American short story and was the first American writer to place his stories firmly in the United States, even as he poached from German or Dutch folklore. He is also generally credited as one of the first to write both in the vernacular, and without an obligation to the moral or didactic in his short stories, writing stories simply to entertain rather than to enlighten.

Some critics, however—including Edgar Allan Poe—felt that while Irving should be given credit for being an innovator, the writing itself was often unsophisticated. "Irving is much over-rated", Poe wrote in 1838, "and a nice distinction might be drawn between his just and his surreptitious and adventitious reputation—between what is due to the pioneer solely, and what to the writer."

Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden

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