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When we were kids, we had a card game called Authors.  I think the object was to be able to name the
works of famous authors.  At any rate, there were three titles that always seemed especially enticing:
Idylls of the King, The Heart of Midlothian and Tales of the Alhambra.

Thirty years later, I picked this one up with some trepidation; we've all struggled through classics of two hundred years ago, baffled by arcane language & outdated usages.  However, to my very pleasant surprise, the book is terrific, combining an Iberian travelogue with delightful tales and legends of Moorish Spain.  Irving's travels are interesting enough in themselves, but it is the tales, which have everything from flying carpets to hidden treasure, that really make the book.

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Washington Irving Links:
Washington Irving's English Christmas: An American essayist penned one of the best descriptions of the 19th-century British Christmas traditions, and in so doing helped restore many of these then-dying customs on both sides of the Atlantic. (James Munson, 12/25/04, British Heritage)

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    -Washington Irving (kirjasto)
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA: Your search: "washington irving"
    -Teaching Washington Irving
    -Literary Research Guide: Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)
    -STUDY GUIDE:   A Research and Reference Guide Chapter 3: Early Nineteenth Century: Washington Irving  (1783-1859)(PAL: Perspectives in American Literature)
    -A Student History of American Literature: Washington Irving
    -EducETH: Irving, Washington: 1783 - 1859
    -LINKS: Washington Irving (1783-1859) (Gonzaga)
    -About Washington Irving (Resources for Educators)
    -The Washington Irving Trail Museum (Southeast of Stillwater, Oklahoma)
    -ARTICLE: SMALL, SELECT CLUB CONVENES IN HONOR OF IRVING NORTH TARRYTOWN (NY Times)
    -ANNOTATED ETEXT: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
    -ANNOTATED ETEXT: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Hypertext Meanings and Commentaries  by Mark Zimmerman, Encyclopedia of the Self)
    -ETEXT: The Project Gutenberg Etext of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. by Washington Irving
    -REAL AUDIO: Washington Irving's timeless tale of ghosts and folklore, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is this month's feature for (Whispers From The Cabinet)

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