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Definitions of IRVING, WASHINGTON
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(1783-1859), born in New York, spent a large part of his life abroad. In 1807, copartnership with his brother, he established the Salmagundi. In 1808 he published his " Knickerbocker History of New York." In 1819 appeared the "Sketch Book," which proved a great success. This was followed by " Tales of a Traveler," " Life of Columbus," which is his best historical work, "The Conquest of Granada," and "The Alhambra." From 1829 to 1832 he was Secretary of Legation in London. He served as Minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. His greatest work is a " Life of Washington " in five volumes (1855). He is one of the most popular of American authors. His productions are marked by ease and grace rather than by originality.
By John Franklin Jameson