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Washington Irving- Characteristic of the Romantic Era Romanticism is a literary and artistic movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that placed value on emotion or imagination over reason on the imagination over society Some sources say Romanticism started in reaction to neo-classicism or the Enlightenment The most important result of romanticism was the emphasis laid upon the supernatural Some writers during this time period were Mary Shelley with Frankenstein Edgar Allen Poe with various poems and selections such as The Raven The TellTale Heart and The Pit and The Pendulum One person who had a great effect on the Romantic era was Washington Irving Some called Irving the first real American writer Washington Irving was born April 3 1783 in New York City He was the eleventh child of Sarah William Irving His father was a strict man a merchant and deacon in the Presbyterian Church He started school at the age of four but he never took it seriously Even when he was older he did not really care for school He did impress any of his teachers as outstanding It was out of school where his real interests developed His interests were more into reading books of adventure and travel He was very good at writing though He loved the theater His fascination with the arts grew and was encouraged by one of her sisters boyfriends Myers 64 His interests in the arts and in the theater were obvious in his works Irving did not wish to go to college Though he had great interests in the theater and the arts his father expected each of his sons to support himself so Washington decided to be an apprentice in a law office His employer was Ogden Hoffman and Irving fell in love with his daughter He also wrote articles for his brothers paper the Morning Chronicle He signed his articles Jonathon Oldstyle Later he joined his brother William and his
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