The Fantastical World of Writing- Washington Irving

Sometime in 1801 when asphalt hadn’t paved roads for the many carriages that tread through the city of New York. The smell of horses and other smells that drifted in the air, while young Washington Irving began writing his, ‘Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle.’ But that is how we know of him.

Washington’s Irving most popular story is ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ He became one of the most prolific writers of his time. People enjoyed reading his stories as he enjoyed writing them. He was immensely prominent during the 1800s, a time when it was hard to live off just being a writer. He made the impossible possible. Washington was tenacious and very determined, when he was just nineteen years old he began writing to the New York Morning Chronicle in 1802.

In the 1800’s most children were sent to be apprentices or made to work in an early age. Washington was lucky, indeed. He had loving brothers that believed in him and supported him in his endeavor; with the financial backing of his brothers Washington set about to start his writing career. He set about writing about a person called Diedrich Knickerbocker who had gone missing rather unexpectedly from his hotel room in New York. Wasington informed readers that if Mr. Knickerbocker failed to return he admonished to publish Mr. Knickerbocker’s manuscript that he left behind. Of course, it was all a ruse.

Readers fervently read about his story about Mr. Knickerbocker that officials even set out searching for him. While he had his reader’s attention he completed his first book in 1809, ‘A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty,’ under the name Diedrich Knickerbocker.  It became a success. On Talking Terms

to be continued…