Presentation on theme: "Washington Irving “I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.” (from Tales of a Traveler, 1824)"— Presentation transcript:
Washington Irving “I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.” (from Tales of a Traveler, 1824)
Irving Has Been Called: American author Short story writer Essayist Poet Travel book writer Biographer Columnist
Irving’s Life Born in New York City, 1783 Youngest of 11 siblings Named after…….? Met George Washington, who gave Irving his blessing Irving then wrote, “The Life of George Washington.”
Washington’s Career Began as a writer for journals and newspapers Wrote “A History of New York”, a comical book, under the name “Dietrich Knickerbocker.” He then wrote a collection of stories, “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” Concentrated a lot on historical writings
Most Famous Works: The Adventure of the German Student The Broken Heart The Devil and Tom Walker The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Rip Van Winkle The Voyage Roscoe The Widow and Her Son
Death of the “Father of the American Short Story” Irving died in Tarrytown on November 28, 1859. Last words before going to bed: “Well, I must arrange my pillows for another weary night! If this could only end!” His major works were then published in 1860- 61 in 21 volumes.