Tales of the Alhambra

Tales of the Alhambra

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by Washington Irving
     
 

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Rough draughts of some of the following tales and essays were actually written during a residence in the Alhambra; others were subsequently added, founded on notes and observations made there. Care was taken to maintain local coloring and verisimilitude; so that the whole might present a faithful and living picture of that microcosm, that singular little world into

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Rough draughts of some of the following tales and essays were actually written during a residence in the Alhambra; others were subsequently added, founded on notes and observations made there. Care was taken to maintain local coloring and verisimilitude; so that the whole might present a faithful and living picture of that microcosm, that singular little world into which I had been fortuitously thrown; and about which the external world had a very imperfect idea. It was my endeavor scrupulously to depict its half Spanish, half Oriental character; its mixture of the heroic, the poetic, and the grotesque; to revive the traces of grace and beauty fast fading from its walls; to record the regal and chivalrous traditions concerning those who once trod its courts; and the whimsical and superstitious legends of the motley race now burrowing among its ruins.

Let others repine at the lack of turnpike roads and sumptuous hotels, and all the elaborate comforts of a country cultivated and civilized into tameness and commonplace; but give me the rude mountain scramble; the roving, haphazard, wayfaring; the half wild, yet frank and hospitable manners, which impart such a true game flavor to dear old romantic Spain!

Thus equipped and attended, we cantered out of "Fair Seville city" at half-past six in the morning of a bright May day, in company with a lady and gentleman of our acquaintance, who rode a few miles with us, in the Spanish mode of taking leave. Our route lay through old Alcala de Guadaira (Alcala on the river Aira), the benefactress of Seville, that supplies it with bread and water.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451584202
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819. He continued to publish regularly-and almost always successfully-throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.

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Tales of the Alhambra 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AlegriaJU More than 1 year ago
This is a long book - over 700 pages, but it is engaging and very descriptive of the Spanish icon in Granada. Now I am looking forward to visiting it. Washington Irving has a loquacious, almost flowery style of writing where he puts in the minutest details. Because he writes from another century and country, he sometimes uses words uncommon to twenty-first century readers. He gives us the feel of the Spanish character, the architecture, the geography, and the history of the Alhambra. He tells legends and tales of when the Moors reigned in Granada. This American author actually lived there for a few months so he takes us on the journey with him.
JimeMS More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. The picture provided is exactly what you get...very simple...not a single picture of the Alhambra. It is poorly made. I just read the first two chapters, and it had a lot of typos. Also, the chapters were not clearly demarcated. I bought the same book from Thrift Books for a penny plus shipping, and it did not have any typos; the chapters were clearly demarcated; it had numerous pictures of the Alhambra. Although it had normal wear and tear, it was a charming book. I focus on the appearance b/c I had bought the "new" book as a Christmas gift for a friend I went to Spain with. The only positive thing about the new book was that it had larger type.
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