He was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian.
Irving was one of the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe.
Irving was also the U.S. minister to Spain 1842–1846.
Click Here for---->Rare and Unique Hard Cover Books and Paperback Books for Sale on Ebay
From LibriVox:1a. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Here is the original, from Irving’s own hand.
2. Old Christmas - A tale of the quaint and old English traditions of celebrating Christmas. Irving travels to the English countryside and meets an old schoolmate, who invites him home to spend Christmas at the family estate.
5. Adventures of the Black Fisherman (14th and 15th story in Best Mystery and Detective Stories - Vol 1)
6. Wouter Van Twiller by Washington Irving (22nd short story in Wit and Humor of America # 01)
8. The Adventure of the Mason by Washington Irving (19th story in Short Ghost and Horror Story # 17)
9. The Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. - This book (1824) is a compilation of eight humorous and observational letters written by Washington Irving, under the pseudonym, Jonathan Oldstyle. These eight letters and one additional were first published as a series of "Letters to the Editor" of the New York paper, The Morning Chronicle, between 1802 and 1803. In them Old style skewered the local New York social scene on the topics of etiquette, marriage, fashion, and other particulars of human interaction.
10. The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards - This is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories. In 1828, Washington Irving traveled from Madrid, where he had been staying, to Granada, Spain. At first sight, he described it as "a most picturesque and beautiful city, situated in one of the loveliest landscapes that I have ever seen." He immediately asked the then-governor of the historic Alhambra Palace as well as the archbishop of Granada for access to the palace, which was granted because of Irving's celebrity status. Aided by a 35-year old guide named Mateo Ximenes, Irving was inspired by his experience to write Tales of the Alhambra. " A commemorative plaque in Spanish at the Alhambra reads, "Washington Irving wrote his Tales of Alhambra in these rooms in 1829". The book was instrumental in reintroducing the Alhambra to Western audiences.
11. The Specter Bridegroom by Washington Irving (16th Story in Short Ghost & Horror Collection #19)
12. The Adventure of the German Student by Washington Irving (16th story in Ghost Story Collection # 20)
13. The Bold Dragoon by Washington Irving (18th story in Short Ghost Stories # 21)
Irving next moves on to Newstead Abbey, the home of the then-late Lord Byron. His travels are guided by Colonel Wildman, the individual who purchased Newstead Abbey following Byron’s death, and who restored the building to its former glory. In this portion of the book we learn of the fantastic and bizarre Byron family and its connection to Robin Hood and the famed locales of Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.
From Archive.Org - Audio:
1. Seeing Ear Theater – Sleepy Hollow: The Legend - Go to 14th Audio
Washington Irving (2nd essay by John Macy’s Spirit of American Literature)