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Book Title: Washington Irving: An American Original|
The author of the book: Brian Jay Jones
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Edition: Arcade Publishing
Date of issue: January 4th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781559708364
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The size of the: 31.79 MB
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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, suffered from 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.
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Read information about the authorBrian Jay Jones is a New York Times bestselling biographer and past-president of Biographers International Organization, the world’s largest organization of practicing biographers. A former policy analyst and adviser in the U.S. Senate, Jones took up biography in 2008, with the publication of his award-winning Washington Irving. His second book, Jim Henson: The Biography was a national bestseller, and won the 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Biography. His biography of filmmaker George Lucas was released in December 2016, and was immediately named one of Kirkus' Best Books of 2016.
He is presently at work on a biography of Dr. Seuss.
A note from Brian: "I've taken a somewhat different tact with this site, starting with a 'day one' approach where l've added books as I purchased and read them, rather than trying to recreate my entire library (apart from a few favorite biographies that I can't resist sticking on the shelf)."
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