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Washington Irving a writer of supernatural feats and one of Americas first great writers of satire wrote during the end of the Revolutionary and Early National period through the end of the Romantic periodWashington Irving was born into a family of eleven children on April 3 1783 in the Dutch part of New York City His father was named William Irving the originally family name was Irvine and his mother was Sarah Sanders from a family of English rectors After his parents were married his father immigrated to America alone fought in the American Revolution and named his last-born child after his commander-in-chief American 405 He was the favorite among the family while growing up because of his cheerful kind and sweet-natured personality even though he was always overcoming some kind of misfortune ComptonsHis parents pushed his education but he cared little for it Websters He attended a half dozen private schools which did not meet his parents expectations He was an excellent reader from spending time in his fathers library For health reasons he did not attend college at Columbia but in 1798 he started studying law at a local firm Irving soon left this to write for his brothers paper and in 1804 his brothers sent him abroad when he received tuberculosis American In 1807 Irvings literary career began when he his brother and James Kirke Paulding published Salmagundi a series of papers Then he wrote A History of New York by Diedrich Knickerbocker that was at first a guidebook but then a comic history of Dutch New York In 1815 he moved to England to run his brothers mercantile firm but the failure of the business and meetings with Sir Walter Scott convinced him to write for a living Through 1819 and 1820 The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Gent was published in London This was his first taste of fame Throughout his travels he accumulated many travel notes to publish the
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