Tales of the Alhambra

Tales of the Alhambra

by Washington Irving

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Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving

Tales of the Alhambra by an American writer of the Romantic period, Washington Irving is a collection of novellas, essays and travel notes that are dedicated to Alhambra, a famous Moorish palace in Granada. Soon after finishing a biography of Columbus (1828), Irving moved from Madrid, where he had been living, to the south of the peninsula - Granada. He was preparing a book called A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada about the years 1478-1492, and was researching the topic. He 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. He explored this place with the help of a 35-year-old guide named Mateo Ximenes, and was strongly impressed. He had been staying in the most half-ruined building for three months, collecting local legends and impressions that made the basis for the book called Tales of the Alhambra.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544035871
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 347,192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1819. He continued to publish regularly-and almost always successfully-throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York. Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.

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AlegriaJU More than 1 year ago
This is a long book - over 700 pages, but it is engaging and very descriptive of the Spanish icon in Granada. Now I am looking forward to visiting it. Washington Irving has a loquacious, almost flowery style of writing where he puts in the minutest details. Because he writes from another century and country, he sometimes uses words uncommon to twenty-first century readers. He gives us the feel of the Spanish character, the architecture, the geography, and the history of the Alhambra. He tells legends and tales of when the Moors reigned in Granada. This American author actually lived there for a few months so he takes us on the journey with him.
JimeMS More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. The picture provided is exactly what you get...very simple...not a single picture of the Alhambra. It is poorly made. I just read the first two chapters, and it had a lot of typos. Also, the chapters were not clearly demarcated. I bought the same book from Thrift Books for a penny plus shipping, and it did not have any typos; the chapters were clearly demarcated; it had numerous pictures of the Alhambra. Although it had normal wear and tear, it was a charming book. I focus on the appearance b/c I had bought the "new" book as a Christmas gift for a friend I went to Spain with. The only positive thing about the new book was that it had larger type.
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