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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 November 28, 1859) was an American writer of the early 19th century. He is best known for the short stories ''Literature/RipVanWinkle'' and ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'', and is popularly considered the first person to make a living primarily as a writer, when the popular authors before his time tended to just do it as a side job.

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 November 28, 1859) was an American writer of the early 19th century. He is best known for the short stories ''Literature/RipVanWinkle'' and ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'', and is popularly considered the first person to make a living primarily as a writer, when the popular authors before his time tended to just do it as a side job.


Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 November 28, 1859) was an American writer of the early 19th century. He is best known for the short stories ''Literature/RipVanWinkle'' and ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow''.

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 November 28, 1859) was an American writer of the early 19th century. He is best known for the short stories ''Literature/RipVanWinkle'' and ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow''.
''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'', and is popularly considered the first person to make a living primarily as a writer, when the popular authors before his time tended to just do it as a side job.


However, Irving's influence extends beyond those two famous stories. He was the one who coined the nickname "Gotham" for New York City. The aforementioned ''History of New York'' set the ball rolling for our modern conception of SantaClaus, which would later by codified in "Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. And perhaps more infamously, Irving's 1828 historical novel ''A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus'' is generally blamed for inventing the myth that UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus sailed west to prove the Earth was round.

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However, Irving's influence extends beyond those two famous stories. He was the one who coined the nickname "Gotham" for New York City. The aforementioned ''History of New York'' set the ball rolling for our modern conception of SantaClaus, which would later by be codified in "Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. And perhaps more infamously, Irving's 1828 historical novel ''A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus'' is generally blamed for inventing the myth that UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus sailed west to prove the Earth was round.


Irving's last work was a five-volume biography of his namesake, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, which he intended to be his MagnumOpus. As you may have noticed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance it didn't happen the way]]. Irving is buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the very cemetery supposedly haunted by his HeadlessHorseman character.

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Irving's last work was a five-volume biography of his namesake, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, which he intended to be his MagnumOpus. As you may have noticed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance it didn't happen the that way]]. Irving is buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the very cemetery supposedly haunted by his HeadlessHorseman character.


Irving is buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the very cemetery supposedly haunted by his HeadlessHorseman character.

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Irving's last work was a five-volume biography of his namesake, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, which he intended to be his MagnumOpus. As you may have noticed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance it didn't happen the way]]. Irving is buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the very cemetery supposedly haunted by his HeadlessHorseman character.


However, Irving's influence extends beyond those two famous stories. He was the one who coined the nickname "Gotham" for New York City. The aforementioned ''History of New York'' set the ball rolling for our modern conception of SantaClaus, which would later by codified in "Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. And perhaps more dubiously, Irving's 1828 historical novel ''A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus'' is generally blamed for inventing the myth that UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus sailed west to prove the Earth was round.

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However, Irving's influence extends beyond those two famous stories. He was the one who coined the nickname "Gotham" for New York City. The aforementioned ''History of New York'' set the ball rolling for our modern conception of SantaClaus, which would later by codified in "Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. And perhaps more dubiously, infamously, Irving's 1828 historical novel ''A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus'' is generally blamed for inventing the myth that UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus sailed west to prove the Earth was round.


Irving had his first notable success with ''A History of New York'', an 1809 satirical work that he wrote under the PenName of Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional Dutch-American historian. The Diedrich Knickerbocker persona was also used for ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'', which purports to be a collection of tales that Geoffrey Crayon (another pseudonym) compiled from the notes of Diedrich Knickerbocker. ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' were both originally published as part of the ''Sketch Book'' collection.

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Irving had his first notable success with ''A History of New York'', an 1809 satirical work that he wrote under the PenName of Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional Dutch-American historian. The Diedrich Knickerbocker That persona was also used for ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'', which purports to be a collection of tales that Geoffrey Crayon (another pseudonym) compiled from the notes of Diedrich Knickerbocker. ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' were both originally published as part of the ''Sketch Book'' collection.


Irving had his first notable success with ''A History of New York'', an 1809 satirical work that he wrote under the PenName of Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional Dutch-American historian. The Diedrich Knickerbocker persona was also made use of for ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'', which purports to be a collection of tales that Geoffrey Crayon (another pseudonym) compiled from the notes of Diedrich Knickerbocker. ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' were both originally published as part of the ''Sketch Book'' collection.

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Irving had his first notable success with ''A History of New York'', an 1809 satirical work that he wrote under the PenName of Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional Dutch-American historian. The Diedrich Knickerbocker persona was also made use of used for ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'', which purports to be a collection of tales that Geoffrey Crayon (another pseudonym) compiled from the notes of Diedrich Knickerbocker. ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' were both originally published as part of the ''Sketch Book'' collection.

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However, Irving's influence extends beyond those two famous stories. He was the one who coined the nickname "Gotham" for New York City. The aforementioned ''History of New York'' set the ball rolling for our modern conception of SantaClaus, which would later by codified in "Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. And perhaps more dubiously, Irving's 1828 historical novel ''A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus'' is generally blamed for inventing the myth that UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus sailed west to prove the Earth was round.

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 November 28, 1859) was an American writer of the early 19th century. He is best known for the short stories ''Literature/RipVanWinkle'' and ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow''.

Irving had his first notable success with ''A History of New York'', an 1809 satirical work that he wrote under the PenName of Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional Dutch-American historian. The Diedrich Knickerbocker persona was also made use of for ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'', which purports to be a collection of tales that Geoffrey Crayon (another pseudonym) compiled from the notes of Diedrich Knickerbocker. ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' were both originally published as part of the ''Sketch Book'' collection.

Irving is buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the very cemetery supposedly haunted by his HeadlessHorseman character.

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