Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) was an American author known for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Irving was also an essayist, historian and biographer. Irving was the first American writer to gain fame in Europe. Irving achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gen in 1819. Irving used the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon on several occasions. This collection includes MOUNTJOY: or Some Passages out of the Life of a Castle-Builder, THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI BUBBLE--"A Time of Unexampled Prosperity", DON JUAN: A Spectral Research, BROEK: or the Dutch Paradise, SKETCHES IN PARIS IN 1825--From the Traveling Note-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, My French Neighbor The Englishman at Paris English and French Character The Tuileries and Windsor Castle The Field of Waterloo Paris at the Restoration, AMERICAN RESEARCHES IN ITALY--Life of Tasso: Recovery of a Lost Portrait of Dante, THE TAKING OF THE VEIL The Charming Letorieres, THE EARLY EXPERIENCES OF RALPH RINGWOOD--Noted Down from his Conversations, THE SEMINOLES, ORIGIN OF THE WHITE, THE RED, AND THE BLACK MEN--A Seminole Tradition, THE CONSPIRACY OF NEAMATHLA--An Authentic Sketch, LETTER FROM GRANADA, ABDERAHMAN: Founder of the Dynasty of the Ommiades in Spain, THE WIDOW'S ORDEAL: or a Judicial Trial by Combat, THE CREOLE VILLAGE: A Sketch from a Steamboat, and A CONTENTED MAN.