Washington Irving: Passport to American Romanticism. Cathelene Morris Oconee Christian Academy December 6, 2002. The Beginning of American Romanticism. “In the four corners of the globe, who reads an American book?” Sydney Smith Edinburgh Review 1820.
Oconee Christian Academy
December 6, 2002
“In the four corners of the globe, who reads an American book?” Sydney SmithEdinburgh Review 1820
Just a few months before Smith’s question, an American writer named Washington Irvingbegan publishing a series of essays and tales called The Sketch Book.
Irving outfitted his home with the most advanced technology of the period, such as a refrigerator (ice box), a cast iron stove, and indoor plumbing.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Joe Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle
Scenes from Catskill Mountains and Hudson River
On November 28, 1859, on the eve of the Civil War, Washington Irving died at Sunnyside surrounded by his family.
He was buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemeteryat the Old Dutch Church
George E. Woodberry
All photos in this
came from the
American Memory Collection
Library of Congress
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