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Description - George Washington by Washington Irving

Washington Irvings Life of George Washington (published in five volumes in 185659) was the product of his last years and remains his most personal work. Christened with the name of the great general, Irving was blessed by Washington while still a boy of seven, and later came to know many of the prominent figures of the Revolution. In these pages he describes them using firsthand source material and observation. The result is a book which is fascinating not only for its subject (the American Revolution), but also for how it reveals in illuminating detail the personality and humanity of a now remote, towering icon. Here is an intimate portrait of Washington the man, from Virginia youth to colonial commander to commander-in-chief of the patriot army to first president and great guiding force of the American federation. But one cannot read Irvings Life without marveling at the supreme art behind it, for his biography is foremost a work of literature. Charles Neiders abridgment and editing of Irvings long out-of-print classic has created a literary work comparable in importance and elegance to the original. George Washington, A Biography, Neiders title for his edition of Irvings Life, makes the work accessible to modern audiences. The extensive introduction provides a detailed analysis of Irvings life and times, and the difficulties he faced as he worked against his own failing health to finish what he felt was his masterpiece. This new edition of the superb biography of Americas first citizen by Americas first literary artist remains as fresh and unique today as when it was penned.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306805936
ISBN-10: 0306805936
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 790
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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