Washington Irving

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Washington Irving was an American short story author of the early nineteenth century.

Birth Date: April 3, 1783

Death Date: November 28, 1859

Rip Van Winkle is a man who sleeps for a hundred years and wakes in a world he cannot recognize. The name "Rip Van Winkle" has gone into the language to describe people who awake and cannot recognize their surroundings.


The most famous stories of Washington Irving:

  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
  • "Rip Van Winkle"