Tales of the Alhambra

from the pen of Washington Irving
A place of fantasy and imagination, a moorish palace of extraordinary beauty and romance, magically placed in a foreign land.
The myths, magic and history of Alhambra is beautifully told in this classic collection of stories by one of American’s best loved authors Washington Irving.

Irving Notes

Washington Irving lived in Alhambra Palace during 1828 when he created a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories collected from the local folktales and records he found in the Palace. He was preparing a book called A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada when he became enchanted by the history of the Alhambra Palace.

Washing Irving

Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” (1819) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His historical works include biographies of George Washington and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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