Tales of a Traveller

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Echo Library, Jan 1, 2007 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Washington Irving is one of America's most enduring, and beloved authors. For nothing else, people know Washington Irving as the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." "Tales of a Traveler" was written in 1824, under the pseudonym "Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." One of Irving's better-known pseudonyms was Diedrich Knickerbocker, a name inextricably linked to New York City, and to today's New York Knicks. "Tales of a Traveler" tells a number of humorous stories and anecdotes about exotic dinners and the European travels of Geoffrey Crayon and his colorful relatives. Full of dry wit, "Tales of a Traveler" will please readers today as much as it pleased them in the early 19th century.

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Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York.

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