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Washington Irving : an American study, 1802-1832

Author: William L Hedges
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press, 1965.
Series: Goucher College series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mr. Hedges sees Irving's work, including his nonsensical humor, as a response to the intellectual and cultural tensions of his period. From this point of view he attempts to explain the apparent contradictions in Irving's writing. There is a close analysis of Irving's major works, including 'Knickerbocker's history, ' 'The sketch book, ' 'Tales of a traveller, ' and 'Columbus.' Mr. Hedges is particularly concerned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hedges, William L.
Washington Irving.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press, 1965
(OCoLC)561563094
Named Person: Washington Irving; Irving, Washington <1783-1859>; Washington Irving; Washington Irving; Washington Irving
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William L Hedges
OCLC Number: 274760
Description: xiv, 274 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The provincial quest for style --
Logocracy in America --
The fiction of history --
The lintels of the door-post: reflections on an indigenous literature --
The romantic transition --
The alienated observer --
The ancestral mansion and the haunted house --
The way the story is told --
The unreal world of Washington Irving.
Series Title: Goucher College series.
Responsibility: by William L. Hedges.

Abstract:

"Mr. Hedges sees Irving's work, including his nonsensical humor, as a response to the intellectual and cultural tensions of his period. From this point of view he attempts to explain the apparent contradictions in Irving's writing. There is a close analysis of Irving's major works, including 'Knickerbocker's history, ' 'The sketch book, ' 'Tales of a traveller, ' and 'Columbus.' Mr. Hedges is particularly concerned with the way in which Irving adapted conventional literary techniques and attitudes to the new conditions of American life"--Publisher description.

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