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Washington Irving

An essayist, author, historian, and diplomat, Washington Irving is perhaps best known for his short stories featuring the barely civilized wilderness along the Hudson River. His famous tales, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle conjure an early time in American history, one where towns and villages still sat at the edge of vast, intractable land, and superstitions loomed big among the hemlock forests and rolling farmland.