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Washington Irving: Three Western Narratives

Washington Irving: Three Western Narratives

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America's first internationally acclaimed author, Washington Irving, was also one of the first to write about its then far-western frontier. After seventeen years in Europe, the famous author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” returned to America and undertook an extensive three-month journey through present-day Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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America's first internationally acclaimed author, Washington Irving, was also one of the first to write about its then far-western frontier. After seventeen years in Europe, the famous author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” returned to America and undertook an extensive three-month journey through present-day Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Describing scenery and inhabitants with an eye to romantic sublimity and celebrating the frontiersman's “secret of personal freedom,” Irving published his account of that journey in 1835 as A Tour on the Prairies, an early and distinctly American depiction of the young nation's borderland and its native inhabitants.

Irving followed up this eyewitness account with two works that chart the dramatic and tumultuous history of the early American fur trade, very much in the spirit of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Astoria (1836) recounts John Jacob Astor's attempt to establish a commercial empire in the Pacific Northwest. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville (1837) is a lively saga of exploration among the mountains, rivers, and deserts of the Far West. While working closely from original documents, Irving wrote also as a mythologist of the vast spaces traversed by “Sindbads of the wilderness.” In these three compelling narratives he opened up a crucial region of the American literary imagination influencing such authors as Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.

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Library Journal
The author's name immediately conjures visions of headless riders and long-sleeping hunters, but in his day Irving was a noted travel writer. This latest offering from the Library of America collects three of his book-length portraits of the American frontier: A Tour of the Prairie, Astoria, and The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, which date back to 1835, 1836, and 1837, respectively. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931082532
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
01/26/2004
Series:
Library of America Series
Pages:
1024
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Washington Irving, one of the first American authors to earn his living from writing, was born in 1783 and died in 1859.

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