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An Autobiographical View of Washington Irving Today I am regarded as one of the first writers to represent an English style of writing throughout the world to gain universal recognition For fifty years I charmed and instructed the American people and held first place in their affections I became the first writer to lift American literature into the popular respect of Europe and was regarded as the chief representative of the American name in the world of letters How did my life come to mean so much Throughout my childhood my dreams of travelling spurred my interest for writing and noting down my subjective view of the world This satirical and humorous point a view caught the attention of America and Europe and my works began to be released in other languages in order to be universally understood My writing has always been influenced by my voyages throughout Spain France England and Italy My literature also showed a better portrayal of America for Englishmen to better understand its possibilities At times I may have struggled to find my true passion in life and at times America might have been insincere to accept my writing but in the end my literature left and indelible impression on the world today My life started on April 3 1783 in the city of New York Trent 245 I was born into a family of eight older brothers and I was the youngest of eleven children 245 Although my family was large it had been one of the most respectable names in Scotland 246 My parents then left their good origin to begin a life in America in humble circumstances Warner and Irving 21 I will never forget how my parents situation influenced how I was brought up My father endeavored to bring us up in sound religious principles and left no room in our lives for triviality 22 This cold and severe discipline would have been intolerable to
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