Search Results: "Washington Irving"


BOOK REVIEW

WASHINGTON IRVING by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A solid introduction to an interesting life, but nothing definitive about a pivotal figure in American culture."
Readable, once-over-lightly biography of "America's first bona fide best-selling author." Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON by Tom Lewis
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Lewis amply shows how close D.C. came to being an ugly patchwork town, and he cites the congressmen who fought to keep it Southern and the Gilded Age men who used their money for its good. Those who enjoy the city will enjoy this book."
Lewis (English/Skidmore Coll.; The Hudson: A History, 2005, etc.) follows the evolution of the symbolic place of Washington, D.C., in the consciousness of Americans.Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1995

"A top-drawer adaptation, lovely and true. (Picture book/folklore. 6+)"
A wonderful retelling of the classic tale, handled with confidence and aplomb in Moses's first book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRVING HOWE by Edward Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"But he also deserved someone far more attuned to all the dimensions of his life and his political commitments."
A detailed and dogmatic intellectual biography of one of the leading American literary critics, political journalists, polemicists, and Jewish intellectuals of the past 50 years. Read full book review >

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IRVING BERLIN by Mary Ellin Barrett
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This memoir succeeds on a small scale, as a daughter's reach across time to recapture her childhood and make a final attempt to connect with her father. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2008

"A work of admirable, if digressive, breadth, examining the endurance of the nation's dream, even after the British pillaged Washington in 1814."
Bordewich (Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, 2005, etc.) chronicles the painful creation of America's capital city. Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Still, this is not a particularly scary rendition, and because its text is chopped into scattered, easily digestible passages tucked between or inside the panels, it may have more appeal to less-able readers than full versions. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Abridged but not rewritten, the classic tale is decorated with a plethora of very small, comically gothic cartoons that add an air of spooky grotesquerie. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Though Hamm's arguments are well made, his overly academic approach stifles the very exuberance so endemic to the works of this popular songwriter."
A comprehensive study of the first seven years of songwriting (ending with his first Broadway musical) from one of America's most popular songwriters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"For a picture of strict belief in class distinctions and the stupidity of the fools who accede to the good of the whole, please step this way. For anyone else, take a pass."
As the great-nephew of the first president, Washington writes about a forgotten book he claims molded the Founding Father's personality: H. de Luzancy's A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg (1690). Read full book review >

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THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN by Washington Irving
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Irving's yarn is only nominally a supernatural tale; by mistaking it for a ghost story, Harding forfeits all its sly humor and hazy, Indian-summer charm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Greatly shortened and simplified, this is a well-told version, but the illustrations wrench it from its Hudson River valley origins and deposit it in a stylized nightmare world. Read full book review >

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IRVING AND MUKTUK by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"What a pleasurably eccentric story, open to very theatrical readings, and what wry illustrations—a combination, like time and money, that works. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Pinkwaters are a hoot in all the best ways: odd but canny, droll but jazzy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTHA WASHINGTON by Patricia Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2005

"Engaging study of a vibrant woman."
In a short, admirable biography, Brady—who has edited several books about Nelly Custis Lewis, Martha Washington's granddaughter—recreates the life and loves of America's original first lady. Read full book review >