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It will not do to think of Irving as a complicated man. With quick 43 LEWIS LEARY eye, ready tongue, and alert recognition of absurdities, he sits quietly at both ends of the American literary spectrum —an expatriate seeking reverently in Europe for sources of culture, but, like James and Eliot and Pound, most effective in realizing American characters enmeshed in American ideals; and at the same time a native myth-maker who wove indigenous lore into comic tales which become fables. His country's first, but not her best, romantic historian; an early, but unsatisfying, impressionistic biographer; an exotic local colorist before Flaubert popularized the term; a mildly boisterous, thigh-slapping, sidesplitting rural humorist, a comic realist before Thackeray, a caricaturist before Dickens — Irving was tentatively all of these.

S. Van Winkle, 1822; London: John Murray, 1822. Tales of a Traveller. Philadelphia: H. C. Carey and I. Lea, 1824; London: John Murray, 1824. A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus. New York: G. and C. Carvill, 1828; London: John Murray, 1828. Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Carey, 1829; London: John Murray, 1829. Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus. Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1831; London: John Murray, 1831. The Alhambra.

P. Putnam, 1850. Wolfert's Roost. New York. G. P. Putnam, 1855. Life of George Washington. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1855-59. Spanish Papers and Other Miscellanies. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1866. The Wild Huntsman. Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1924. Abu Hassan. Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1924. Journals Journal of Washington Irving, 1803, edited by Stanley T. Williams. New York: Oxford University Press, 1934. Washington Irving; Notes and Journal of Travel in Europe, 1804-1805, edited by William P.

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