Washington Irving: An American Original

by Brian Jay Jones
As told by Brian Jay Jones

Arcade Publishing | January 4, 2008 | Hardcover

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The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of 26. In 1809 he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker to great acclaim. The public''s appetite for all things Irving was insatiable; his name alone guaranteed sales. At the time, he was one of the most famous men in the world, a friend of Dickens, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, as well as Astor, Van Buren, and Madison. But his sparkling public persona was only one side of this gentleman author. In brilliant, meticulous strokes, Brian Jay Jones renders Washington Irving in all his flawed splendor - someone who fretted about money and employment, sufferedfrom writer''s block, and doggedly cultivated his reputation. Jones offers as never before a very human portrait of the often contrasting public and private lives of this true American original.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 456 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: January 4, 2008

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1559708360

ISBN - 13: 9781559708364

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Washington Irving: An American Original

by Brian Jay Jones
As told by Brian Jay Jones

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 456 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: January 4, 2008

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1559708360

ISBN - 13: 9781559708364

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The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of 26. In 1809 he published A History of New York under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker to great acclaim. The public''s appetite for all things Irving was insatiable; his name alone guaranteed sales. At the time, he was one of the most famous men in the world, a friend of Dickens, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, as well as Astor, Van Buren, and Madison. But his sparkling public persona was only one side of this gentleman author. In brilliant, meticulous strokes, Brian Jay Jones renders Washington Irving in all his flawed splendor - someone who fretted about money and employment, sufferedfrom writer''s block, and doggedly cultivated his reputation. Jones offers as never before a very human portrait of the often contrasting public and private lives of this true American original.

About the Author

Brian Jay Jones served as a speechwriter, ghostwriter, and policy analyst for two U.S. senators. A former associate superintendent of education in Arizona, he now works as a writer and policy analyst. He lives with his wife and daughter in Damascus, Maryland.

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