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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 2,645,750 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Washington Irving is the 538th most popular writer (down from 491st in 2019), the 555th most popular biography from United States (down from 504th in 2019) and the 62nd 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 538 out of 5,755Before him are Muhammad Iqbal, José Martí, Premchand, Patrick Süskind, Camille Flammarion, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. After him are Eugene O'Neill, Erich Kästner, Marie-Antoine Carême, Ivan Bunin, Laurence Sterne, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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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, Hugh Glass, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, N. F. S. Grundtvig, Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria, Vasily Zhukovsky, and Friedrich Sertürner. Among people deceased in 1859, Washington Irving ranks 11Before him are Oscar I of Sweden, Carl Ritter, Wilhelm Grimm, John Vianney, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, and Josip Jelačić. After him are Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Bettina von Arnim, Archduke John of Austria, John Brown, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Washington Irving ranks 555 out of 18,182Before him are James Caan (1940), Margaret Keane (1927), Ernest Lawrence (1901), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Joseph Barbera (1911). After him are Eugene O'Neill (1888), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Dean Martin (1917), Farrah Fawcett (1947), Theodore William Richards (1868), and Doris Day (1922).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Washington Irving ranks 62Before him are George R. R. Martin (1948), Harper Lee (1926), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Sidney Sheldon (1917), T. S. Eliot (1888), and Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875). After him are Eugene O'Neill (1888), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Michael Crichton (1942), Anne Rice (1941), and Robert Ludlum (1927).