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Washington Irving was an American author and diplomat born in 1783. He is considered to be the first international best seller and was a frequent traveler abroad. It was during these travels that he became the secretary to the American Legion in London and eventually the U.S. Minister to Spain.

The Washington Irving collection contains manuscripts and letters by the American author, including materials for A Tour on the Prairies and a chapter of his Life of George Washington.

This collection was digitized as part of Project REVEAL (Read and View English & American Literature).

 

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