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    The Devil and Tom Walker by William Irving

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    during the American Romanticism period, “The Devil and Tom Walker,” by William Irving, personifies the belief in the primacy of imagination. The period of Romanticism in America is often seen as the crucial period of American culture, as it was the central movement of the Renaissance period that moved into a more free-feeling and artistic approach to literature. American Gothic literature made its early appearance with William Irving, first with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 1820, and carrying over

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    being straightened out as seen in The Water Method Man by John Irving. `From the very start of the novel, Fred Trumper's crooked urinary tract is mentioned. It is no coincidence that Fred's life is as mixed up as his urinary tract. His urinary problem, much like his lifestyle, only leads to more problems. "Seven times in the last five years I have suffered this unnamable disorder. Once it was the clap, but that's another story" (Irving 12). One problem only leads to another, but the real problem

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    Diedrich Knickerbocker

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    Knickerbocker Washington Irving created a pseudo historian for the purpose of bettering his own work and to entertain his readers. In 1809 Irving wrote "A History of New York" through a persona known as Diedrich Knickerbocker. This was Knickerbocker's first appearance in Irving's work, but it sure wouldn't be his last. Although he was not real, Knickerbocker was a historian that seemed to be in love with the people and landscape of the northeast, particularly New York. Even though Irving never revealed

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    my mind, and the times are so hard they sicken my soul," says Washington Irving in a letter to a friend (Letters 446). This statement reveals Irving's intense emotional condition, and in many ways indicates the intense social atmosphere as well as his personal conflicts, during the composition of The Sketch Book. Upon the bankruptcy of his family's fortune, of which he depended on solely for his monetary security, Irving found himself flung into the "galling mortifications of independence" (Letters

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    Washington Irving

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    Biographical Summary Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783 in Manhattan, New York City. He was the youngest of eleven children born from his parents, William and Sarah Irving. During the week in which he was born, the Americans emerged victorious in the Revolutionary War and his parents named him after the war hero, General George Washington. When Irving was six-years-old, he met his namesake and Washington blessed the child, which sparked a sense of gratitude and interest in the president

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    Washington Irving Niklas Cathey per.4 Washington Irving was a famous writer during the early 1800s from America. He was known for his humorous writing style and ironic plots and story development. He was one of the creators of the genre American Romantic. Washington Irving is known as the father of American literature. Irving developed a sophisticated yet ironic style while helping establish the American respect in the writing community across Europe and the world. He was one of the first American

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    absence? Rip Van Winkle went through that, and had to come back home and face some real changes. The author Washington Irving has some interesting characters whom he puts in his short stories. Irving puts some characters in his short stories to reflect on some of his life. For example, Irving has similarities between Rip Van Winkle being asleep in the forest 20 years and Irving was in Europe for seventeen writing short stories and being the governor’s aid and military secretary. These two situations

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    fact, the originals of the modern romantic stories were about the evil of human nature. The work of early American writers like Irving and Poe show the influence of European Romanticism. Irving would stress on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories. The supernatural, the emphasis of nature, and exotic locations were used in Poe's works. Washington Irving would use an emphasis on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories. His story "The Devil and Tom Walker" pictured

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    Twenty year naps, headless horsemen, and arranged marriages, what could be better? Washington Irving was an author of many short stories. His travels, westward expansion,and his short stories, made him a person many can not forget. Irving was very adventurous and traveled a lot. He was born April 3, 1783 (“Washington” Web), into a prosperous merchant family (Byers 141) to William Irving Sr. and Sarah Irving (“Washington” Web). He was born and raised in New York City, New York (Byers 141) and was

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    mother told him as a little boy. Many of his writings have been published but by far Dracula is his best-known story. Through Dracula, Stoker becomes a well-known author and inspired others to write similarly. Works Cited Dalby, Richard and William Hughes. Bram Stoker: A Bibliography. Great Britain: Desert Island Book Limited, 2004. Dorn, Jennifer. “The Literary World of Bram Stoker”. London to Aberdeen and Everywhere in Between, 2009. J,S. “Dracula”. ProQuest LLC, 1996-2009. http://lion

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