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Washington Irving
Distinctive American Novelist (1783 - 1859)

Washington Irving was born in New York City on April 3, 1783. Named after General Washington and born days before the end of the Revolutionary War, his birth coincided with that of the Republic. The America of Irving's youth was filled with optimism and possibility.  In his lifetime, Irving was wildly popular and cemented his reputation as the foremost American novelist with his distinctive tone and originality. His most notable short works, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle are considered classics of American literature.  In 1958, the trustees of the Glen Cove Public Library purchased Washington Irving's mahogany bookcase from the estate of  Charles T. Vincent, a local book and antique dealer. It currently holds the oldest books from the Library's collection and is prominently displayed in the Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room.

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