The author of Rip van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow should need no introduction. FOX TV is in the 3rd season of a TV version of Sleepy Hollow and Irving s other books still sell well. Still, few admirers of the founding fathers are aware that Irving's crowning literary achievement was the 5 volume biography of his namesake George Washington: Life of George Washington. Irving approached his project after putting it off for nearly 30 years while traveling and writing internationally. In 1841 when he arrived back to his beloved home of Sunnyside NY, Irving set to work gathering materials for the task and was not content to write of Washington s amazing, 1776 retreats across nearby Long Island, Manhattan, White Plains and New Jersey s Palisades until he had surveyed the sites, personally. He spent month after month at the State Department building in Washington D.C., pouring over all the available correspondence of his subject. This after he had made a pilgrimage to Washington s ancestral home of Sulgrave Manor, England. This is the kind of detail and inspiration a storyteller seeks in biographies while a historian would be content with the literary and rhetorical record of his subject. The results of this effort and Irving s skill in crafting the story were immediate. The famous 19th century historian George Bancroft could not contain his praise for Irving s Life. Modern readers are going to become acquainted with a thrilling portrait of George Washington that has been largely lost to the mists of time. There has been no new publication of Irving's Magnificent "Life of Washington" since 1920 and no one has bothered to bring the work into the digital age, until now. Now, for the first time, this magnificent work has been fully digitized, corrected, embellished with more illustrations and footnotes and reformatted for modern readers by Mike Church and Founding Father Films Publishing. The new, modernized release of this classic text features: New Introduction Essay by Mike Church, "Telling The Story of Washington - A Brief History". BOOK FEATURES 506 Pages 43 Contemporary illustrations & engravings (the original edition contained 6) A New Index is included Illustration Listing Newly formatted for modern readers SYNOPSIS Washington Irving was the 19th century s most beloved, American author. His famous tales include the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle. After a chance, boyhood meeting with his namesake then President George Washington, Irving resolved to honor the homage by writing a biography of Washington. After spending nearly fifteen years in study and record collection Irving began his Life of Washington. Volume I debuted in 1853 and the finale, Volume V shortly after the author s death in 1858. Life reads like an adventure novel starring fallible, real characters, not a linear retelling of history as so many biographies of founding fathers do. Irving s gift for satirical narrative pushes Life along as no other biography of the eponymous George Washington does. This two volume edition is condensed from the 5 volume original work and contains a stirring portrait of the American Revolution seen through the sometimes flawed sometimes heroic eyes of its most famous participant, George Washington.
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Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of Letters, and the first to earn his living solely by his pen. Eulogizing Irving before the Massachusetts Historical Society in December 1859, his friend, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, acknowledged Irving's role in promoting American literature: "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". 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. Irving also encouraged would-be writers. As George William Curtis noted, there "is not a young literary aspirant in the country, who, if he ever personally met Irving, did not hear from him the kindest words of sympathy, regard, and encouragement."Review:
[Y]ou have the peculiarity of writing from the heart, enchaining sympathy as well as commanding confidence; the happy magic that makes scenes, events, and personal anecdotes present themselves to you at your bidding. --George Bancroft (1853)
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Book Description Founding Father Films Publishing, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0990332438