Cuentos de la Alhambra

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Alianza Editorial, 2001 - Fiction - 376 pages
Prototipo de historiador romántico, cosmopolita y viajero infatigable, el norteamericano WAHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859) encarna la personalidad inquieta y polifacética del hombre del siglo xix. Llevado por sus intereses a Europa, y tras residir durante un tiempo en Inglaterra y Francia, Irving llegaría a España, como agregado de embajada, en 1826. El éxito de sus libros, de corte romántico, sobre Cristóbal Colón y la conquista del reino nazarí le permitió instalarse en Granada. Fruto de esa experiencia son los CUENTOS DE LA ALHAMBRA, volumen publicado inicialmente en Londres en 1832 y ampliado y revisado en la posterior edición neoyorquina. La obra, un clásico, combina las tradiciones moras con las cristianas, a través de una serie de cuentos y esbozos que recrean el pasado y reflejan también el presente desde el que escribía el autor.

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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.