Washington Irving

1783 - 1859

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th-century Spain that deal with subjects such as Alhambra, Christopher Columbus and the Moors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Washington Irving has received more than 2,267,505 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Washington Irving is the 491st most popular writer (up from 503rd in 2019), the 504th most popular biography from United States (down from 476th in 2019) and the 56th most popular American Writer.

Washington Irving is most famous for writing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle."

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Among writers, Washington Irving ranks 491 out of 5,794Before him are Zecharia Sitchin, Sidney Sheldon, Boris Vian, Mary Higgins Clark, Erich Kästner, and Jean Paul. After him are Saint-John Perse, Robert A. Heinlein, Jules Michelet, Ludvig Holberg, George Eliot, and Allen Ginsberg.

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Among people born in 1783, Washington Irving ranks 4Before him are Stendhal, Simón Bolívar, and Hortense de Beauharnais. After him are Agustín de Iturbide, Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, Hugh Glass, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Vasily Zhukovsky, N. F. S. Grundtvig, Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria, and Friedrich Sertürner. Among people deceased in 1859, Washington Irving ranks 8Before him are Alexander von Humboldt, Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Oscar I of Sweden, John Vianney, and Wilhelm Grimm. After him are Josip Jelačić, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Carl Ritter, Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, and Bettina von Arnim.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Washington Irving ranks 504 out of 15,968Before him are Mary Higgins Clark (1927), Natalie Wood (1938), Demi Moore (1962), 50 Cent (1975), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), and Rutherford B. Hayes (1822). After him are Bill Murray (1950), Kip Thorne (1940), George Peppard (1928), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), Terrence Malick (1943), and Jack Kilby (1923).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Washington Irving ranks 56Before him are T. S. Eliot (1888), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Susan Sontag (1933), Tennessee Williams (1911), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Mary Higgins Clark (1927). After him are Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Frank Herbert (1920), Ellen G. White (1827), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), and Harper Lee (1926).