Washington Irving in John Murray Archive exhibition

Washington Irving

Celebrated American novelist Washington Irving (1783-1859) is the latest author to be represented in the John Murray Archive exhibition.

Author of classics stories such as 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle', Irving was a prolific writer. His work included essays, histories, biographies and travel accounts, although he is known best for his short stories.

Among items on display at the National Library of Scotland are letters he wrote to John Murray publishers, and a legal copyright document from 1860. John Murray III supported Irving when he became embroiled in a legal battle with publisher Henry George Bohn.

Manuscripts Curator David McClay says: 'The new items we have added to the John Murray Archive exhibition tell Irving's fascinating story, including his legal dispute, which was eventually settled out of court.

'Irving is an important character for us to feature in the exhibition, given not only his remarkable friendship with Murray, but also his subsequent transatlantic literary success.'

Read more in our Washington Irving press release.

23 December 2010



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