Washington Irving - the first American writer, who gained worldwide fame and won the young American literature "the right of citizenship" in the minds of an experienced and discerning European reader, "the first ambassador of the New World in the Old," in the words of W. Thackeray. Irving was the pioneer of the themes that later became the main themes in U.S. literature, he first developed a novel, a favorite genre of American writers, and created a prosaic style that was considered exemplary for several generations. In the novels, Irving appears as a true romantic. The first romantic to be nominated by American literature.
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