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Excerpt from Memoir of Washington Irving: With Selections From His Works, and CriticismsThe Life and Letters of Washington Irving, in four volumes, prepared by his nephew, Pierre M. Irving, and published since the death of his illustrious uncle,MoreExcerpt from Memoir of Washington Irving: With Selections From His Works, and CriticismsThe Life and Letters of Washington Irving, in four volumes, prepared by his nephew, Pierre M. Irving, and published since the death of his illustrious uncle, has been for several years before the public, and may be considered a model work of its kind. It seems quite certain, however, that a brief and direct history of Irving, such as would be comprised in a single volume of moderate size, and including slight specimens of some of his more popular compositions, would supply a positive desideratum, and be an acceptable service, especially to multitudes of our youth, and others besides, who would shrink from the expense of a much more voluminous biography.Washington Irving was one of the distinguished fathers of American Literature, and his service in this field must ever be deemed of great and special importance to his country.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.