Sunday, February 13, 2011

Washington Irving Ghost Sightings

Washington Irving is a familiar name in the literary world. He was a writer of the 19th century, became the first American writer who is recognized Europe. His name is known both as a writer of short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle. Although later he was also renowned as a versatile writer in the field of essays, biographies and history.

At that time, the United States is building her own culture, regardless of the origin region of Europe. Irving turned menginsiprasi American literary style and influence many other American writers. Until the later development of literature and American literature began to be known world.

Irving became the first author of the United States with stories of horror-farce. Through the book of collected writings of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, published in 1820, he also reap the biggest names in world literature.

A great work of Washington Irving The Legend Sleepy Hollow is. Story of two young men, Ichabod Crane and Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, competing a young girl's love of 18 years named Katrina Van Tassel.

One day, when Crane came home from the residence of van Tassel, on a spring evening, he was chased by a ghostly figure of a headless horseman. Ghost who brought round object like a human head. Terror causes Crane finally left the village and Brom Bones marries Katrina.

Apparently ghosts are imaginary Brom Bones, who with cunning to win love terrorizing Crane Katrina. The story ends when the villagers found a broken gourd, which was supposed Crane as a human head! A naughty joke.


Washington Irving famous during his lifetime. But there is a bit of a story after his death that his stories are not as famous as his writing. It is said that there are a number of reports of sightings Washington Irving spirits that haunt his private home and a library in New York area.

After Irving died in November 1859, a number of witnesses claimed to have seen his ghost sightings. However some reports of ghosts Irving later clarified as false identification.

There is a report from JG Cogswell, a doctor who often worked in the library Astro Library (now the New York Public Library) until late at night. One night he saw a man reading in a corner of the main library shelves. Though Cogswell know very well that he alone was in the library.

Intrigued, the figure approached Cogswell and intends to call it. Cogswell When approached, the figure put the book back to the racks and disappeared suddenly. Cogswell absurdly surprised, but then he thinks it's just a shadow of his friend Irving (who died) who also served as the library board. Irving did have a habit of reading books in a place that is exactly the figure.

Some time later on another night, Cogswell again saw the same figure. This time he was secretly approached him from behind, trying to make sure who it was. So close he noticed the face and figure who would soon disappear again.
Although surprised, Cogswell ensure that Irving is not a ghost, but other colleagues who also recently passed away ... is it true that ghosts do exist?

Cogswell reported the sighting to the library management figure in the official reports. However, management responded with a cold. They even suggest Cogswell to leave and rest. They consider Cogswell was too tired to work, so as to see the shadows are not real.

Another surprise came from the report Pierre Irving, nephew of Washington Irving. He reported to Frank H. Norton, the authority libarary Astor who also co-Irving Washington Irving that the ghost had appeared at his home in Sunnyside Tarrytown area.

According to Pierre, one night he and two daughters were sitting in the main room. Suddenly he and his son saw a figure flashed across the room toward the work which was often used Washington Irving to work. A daughter Pierre exclaimed: "Look ... it's my grandfather!" When they review into the locked room, no one was there! * (Various sources)

Brief Biography of the Legendary

Washington Irving is a United States literary pioneer. The first author of the colony "New World" which penetrated the European and world literature. Remain remembered as a leading writer of the popular figure in his day.

Washington Irving, was born on 3 April 1783 in New York, as the youngest of 11 siblings. His father was a successful merchant and his mother an English woman, the daughter of a pastor's grandson.

Since young, Irving was interested in the book. He studied law privately. In 1804-1806, he was exploring Europe. And on his return to the United States, he and his brother Irving continued their family business until finally went bankrupt in 1818.

During the war against England, Irving entered military service (1812) under New York's governor, Daniel Tompkins, who commanded the New York State Militia in units of the U.S. Army.

His career as a writer began when a journalist at the newspaper. Irving became a contributor to the Morning Chronicle (1802-1803). Irving Hoffmanm engaged to Matilda, but eventually died at the age of seventeen (1809).

In the death of his fiancee, comic history of the Dutch regime in New York made Irving, "A History of New York", a pseudonym Dietrich Knickerbocker.

Role in literature and literary success continued with the advent of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820). A book of collected stories and writings, which makes it a writer. In 1822, he raised the sequel of The Sketch Book, Bracebridge Hall.

After the death of his mother, Irving decided to stay in Europe. He lived there for 17 years (1815 -1832). While in Spain, he wrote "Columbus" (1828), "Congquest of Granada" (1829), and "The Companions of Columbus" (1831), all three derived from historical research. In 1829 he moved to London and published the Alhambra (1832) which menyeriusi history and legends of the Moorish Sapnyol.

In 1832, Irving returned to his native New York. He was greeted enthusiastically as the first American author who gained international recognition and fame. He then travels from the south to the western United States and wrote The Canyon Miscellany (1835) and A Tour of the Prairies (1835). Between 1842-1845 Irving became U.S. Ambassador to Spain.

Irving spent the rest of his life in Tarrytown. In 1848 - 1859 he served as President of the Astor Library (now the New York Public Library). Irving's last work was published the story Mohamet And His Successors (1850), Wolfert's Roost (1855), and the five-volume book The Life of George Washington (1855-1859). Irving died peacefully at the age of 76 years on November 28, 1859. *

A Big Name Irving

Ever heard the name of Gotham City? Fans of the characters, Batman comics and movies must know! Gotham is a city where Batman is often in action! You know, before the name was popularized by Washington Irving to New York City, which is expressed as the town of dollars.

Then seen the movie Ghost Rider? At least the direction of Mark Steven Johnson film, starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, also inspired by the works of Washington Irving ...
He was popular as a satirical essayist, short story writer with a ghost-themed jokes, historical biographer. He was sympathetic to Indian tribes indigenous inhabitants of the Americas being displaced by European colonization.

As a writer, he had a big name with a series of aliases: Geoffrey Crayon, Diedrich Knickerbocker, Jonathan Oldstyle. The name of Washington Irving and the scent imprinted in the continental United States.

His name is immortalized as the name of the place. There is a village named Irvington in New York, there is also a city of Irvington in New Jersey, as well as the City of Irving in Texas. Also two major street names in Alabama ie Washington Street and Irving Street in Birmingham.

His book has inspired the naming of Bracebridge Hall for a City of Bracebridge in Ontario. In addition a library in Los Angeles also memamakai his name as a tribute.

Perennial award naming him also imprinted in Irving Avenue in Port Chester, New York. Also for the Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum in Bixby, Oklahoma. Once the fragrance name Washington Irving.

In Spain, where Irving had served and lived in Alhambra, then there is a room dedicated as a private room and there is also a hotel bears his name.
A school Washington Irving High School (New York City) was even more scent name. Including providing the name of Irving Place opposite. Not only that, there is no school of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

The big names that he achieved through a variety of writings, essays, works of literature, and social action. Starting from his first book "A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker" (1809).