1809 portrait of Washington Irving by John Wesley Jarvis.

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 - November 28, 1859) was an influential 19th century American writer. He is best known today for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” Irving also wrote biographies of literary, political and religious figures in addition to what may be considered today to be travel writing and historical fiction.

Some of Irving's works were originally published under the pseudonyms John Oldstyle, Geoffrey Crayon or Diedrich Knickerbocker.

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