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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Bowden, Mary Weatherspoon.
Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1981
|Named Person:||Washington Irving; Washington Irving|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Mary Weatherspoon Bowden
|Description:||201 p. : port. ; 21 cm.|
|Contents:||Early Works --
Early European Works --
Later European Works --
Return to America --
|Series Title:||Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 379.|
|Responsibility:||by Mary Weatherspoon Bowden.|
It is the intention of this work to show that all Irving's books are readable today, that many are worth reading, and that a few demand reading and rereading. It is also its intent to demonstrate that Irving was not a short-story writer, but a composer of books: thus, a story in one of his books is more than that story alone, for it gains meaning from what came before and gives meaning to what will follow. I have prefaced each chapter with a short biographical sketch of Irving during the time of the composition of the works discussed. - Preface.
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