This early work by Charles Dudley Warner was originally published in 1901. Born in Massachusetts, USA in 1829, Charles Dudley Warner was a gifted and popular writer with a keen interest in the social questions of his time. He became the first president of the National Institute for Arts and Letters and was a friend of Mark Twain, with whom he co-authored The Gilded Age. This book on the life of Washington Irving is a fascinating work and thoroughly recommended for anyone with an interest in American literary history. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.