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The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards

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The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards, between 1829 and 1832 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By Meg Hixon

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Title: The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards, between 1829 and 1832Add to your cart.

ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0033

Primary Creator: Irving, Washington (1783-1859)

Extent: 2.0 Items

Subjects: Alhambra (Granada, Spain), Spain - Description and travel

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards (500 pages) is a manuscript draft of Washington Irving's book, written between 1829 and 1832. The manuscript includes passages in both Irving's and an unidentified copyist's hands, as well as the author's annotations and alterations. The text is similar, but not identical, to the text of the first published U.S. edition (Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832).

Collection Historical Note

Washington Irving (1783-1859), a native of New York City, published his first essays before being admitted to the bar in 1806. He continued practicing law until 1812, when he began focusing primarily on his writing, and from 1815-1817 he unsuccessfully attempted to save his family's Liverpool firm from financial ruin. He remained in Europe until 1832, living in England, Germany, and Spain and continuing to write and publish essays and fiction; he began The Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards while living in Spain in 1829. Upon his return to the United States, he lived and worked in New York City, excepting a posting as minister to Spain from 1842-1846. He is known today as one of the first financially successful writers from the United States and a progenitor of U.S. literature.

Source

Hedges, William L. "Irving, Washington." American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 2000. doi: 16-00829

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Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Spain - Description and travel

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Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Meg Hixon, September 2016


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Pages 277-500


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