- Washington Irving was named after General George Washington, the first president of the United States of America.
- Irving was privately educated in his youth and was a self-taught adult.
- In addition to being an author, Irving was an essayist, biographer, and a historian.
- Irving had many pseudonyms that he wrote under.
- Irving studied law and passed the bar.
- Irving served as an ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
- Washington Irving died November 28, 1859.
- Where did Washington Irving grow up?
- Where did Washington Irving get his inspiration to write ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’?
- What did Washington Irving nickname New York City, and what does it have to do with Batman?
- What pseudonyms did Irving write under?
- How is Irving remembered? (Memorials, City’s Named after him, Stamps, etc.)
Read a brief biography about Washington Irving, and some of his works, located on the left hand side of the page.
Rip Van Winkle
Read Irving’s classic short story
Listen to this classic story on LibriVox: Rip Van Winkle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Download and read Irving’s classic short story of the Headless Horseman & Ichabod Crane (aka The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
Listen to one of these versions of the classic story on LibriVox: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Part 1 by Washington Irving, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Part 2 by Washington Irving
Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving – This is a LibriVox recording.
Rip Van Winkle (Illustrations)
Look at images from Arthur Rackham’s illustrations to Rip Van Winkle.
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The Museum of Washington Irving
Find out more about Washington Irving.
1. Wishbone: Digging Up the Past part 1 9:58
5. Irving Documentary Jayme Smith 8:54
6. Washington Irving: Biography, Works and Style 5:42
7. The Haunted Pumpkin Of Sleepy Hollow(2003) 47:26