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Washington Irving: An American Original

Washington Irving An American Original The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of In he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knic

  • Title: Washington Irving: An American Original
  • Author: Brian Jay Jones
  • ISBN: 9781559708364
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of 26 In 1809 he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker to great acclaim The public s appetite for all things Irving was insatiable his name alone guaranteed sales At the time, he was one of the most famous men in theThe first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of 26 In 1809 he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker to great acclaim The public s appetite for all things Irving was insatiable his name alone guaranteed sales At the time, he was one of the most famous men in the world, a friend of Dickens, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, as well as Astor, Van Buren, and Madison But his sparkling public persona was only one side of this gentleman author In brilliant, meticulous strokes, Brian Jay Jones renders Washington Irving in all his flawed splendor someone who fretted about money and employment, suffered from writer s block, and doggedly cultivated his reputation Jones offers as never before a very human portrait of the often contrasting public and private lives of this true American original.

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    About "Brian Jay Jones"

    1. Brian Jay Jones

      Brian Jay Jones is a New York Times bestselling biographer and past president of Biographers International Organization, the world s largest organization of practicing biographers A former policy analyst and adviser in the U.S Senate, Jones took up biography in 2008, with the publication of his award winning Washington Irving His second book, Jim Henson The Biography was a national bestseller, and won the 2013 Choice Award for Best Biography His biography of filmmaker George Lucas was released in December 2016, and was immediately named one of Kirkus Best Books of 2016 He is presently at work on a biography of Dr Seuss.A note from Brian I ve taken a somewhat different tact with this site, starting with a day one approach where l ve added books as I purchased and read them, rather than trying to recreate my entire library apart from a few favorite biographies that I can t resist sticking on the shelf.

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    1. This biography of Washington Irving was well researched and well written. I discovered a lot about America's first great author. My impressions of Irving were incorrect in many areas. I discovered he was rather a slackard as a younger man, much more likely to go drinking and going to plays with his close circle of male friends than to work, either as a lawyer - his profession though he did very little work - or as a writer. His early work was more like writing for Saturday Night Live than the gr [...]


    2. I looked forward to reading this biography of Irving. His Sketchbook was among the first “serious books” from my father’s collection to attract my attention and I still have occasion to return to it. Jones provides much of interest on Irving’s life but, like others, I found him at times careless with terminology and a little too quick to make assertions—particularly about Irving’s sexuality—with little evidence to back them up.That said, I did enjoy the book and am happy to see a b [...]


    3. Lively narrative of the first American man of letters who took longer to find himself than many a wandering soul of our time. He lost piles of money in ill-fated speculations and generous attempts to help his equally inept businessman brother. But eventually his deals with Sir Walter Scott's powerhouse British publisher helped him earn the moolah his entertaining historical tales deserved. His Columbus portrait was the source of most Columbus mythology for the 100 years, although there was plent [...]


    4. It's widely believed that Washington Irving was America's first great writer. Born in 1783 in New York City, Irving lived to age 76 at time when America grew from an upstart young republic to a respected nation around the world. Brian Jay Jones biography is very detailed and covers Irving's entire life, focusing as much on his incredible number of famous friends and colleagues as on his writings. Best known for his early short stories such as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", W [...]


    5. I decided to read this biography because Conner Prairie uses the Headless Horseman as it's signature October night time event. Growing up I knew about Rip Van Winkle and Icabod Crane but nothing of Irving's life. I am now in awe of the man and his incredible life. From his birth and the reason for his first name through to the incredible list of famous men who eulogized him, he lived a life of one unusual event after another. It would be cruel of me to ruin another reader's experience by telling [...]


    6. What fun! I had no idea how interesting Irving's life was. I'd enjoyed some of his early work, items such as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the story of Rip Van Winkle, but I had no idea how much more he'd written, no idea how much he'd lived. He spent a large portion of his life in Europe, even serving as minister to Spain during the administrations of Van Buren and Polk. He seems to have met most of the major writers of his day -- Dickens, James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Edgar [...]


    7. I read "Sketch Book", "A History of New York" and "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus" and I wanted to find out about the person who wrote them. This book satisfied that need.The writing is pleasant. There is no ax to grind, nor does the author want to nominate his subject for sainthood. It is facts, but not a boring play by play. It was exactly what I wanted.I recommend this book highly.


    8. A very readable biography. Sometimes a bit repetitive, but overall a very good introduction to an important American author. This account is great for non-specialists who want to know more about the man who made New York City's self image much of what it is. Further comments may be found here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.


    9. Interesting account of the life of America's first famous author illustrating the joys and rewards of being a talented author and bon vivant while coping with the drudgery of paying bills having to produce an income.


    10. Very enjoyableThis was well written and very interesting. Not a real "page-turner", hence the length it took for me to finish it! But, well worth the effort.






    11. I need to come back to this. It was as dry as a bone, but it could be me. I will give it another chance. Did YOU ever have to be in the mood for a book? Timing may not have been right.


    12. Incredible, a hard work with a very literary scent. It has been the first time that I have been moved by a biography. It has been my faithful guide in my investigation on Irving


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