Important American Writers Washington Irving

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Important American Writers

Washington Irving

  • Best known for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.”
  • Sleepy Hollow is the story of the Headless Horseman.
  • Rip Van Winkle is a story about a man who sleeps for twenty years and wakes up in a new world. The moral of the story is to live your life to the fullest and never waste a moments time.

James Fenimore Cooper

  • Wrote about frontier life in “The Pioneers” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”
  • Credited with creating the first western hero.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Important works were the essays “Nature” and “Self Reliance.”
  • “Nature” is about living in nature. “Self Reliance” is about being responsible for yourself.

Henry David Thoreau

  • Important works were the book Walden and the essay “Civil Disobedience.”
  • Walden is about a year that Thoreau spent living alone in the forest. Civil Disobedience is about doing what is right regardless of the law.

Louisa May Alcott

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Best known for The Scarlet Letter, a book about an adulterous woman Hester Prynne who has to wear a red A on her clothing.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Longfellow was a poet best remembered for “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
  • Paul Revere warned the colonists that the “Red coats are coming!”

Herman Melville

  • Melville is best known for his book on a giant man-eating whale called Moby Dick.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder is best known for her “Little House” stories.
  • The Little House stories were about growing up on the prairie of the Midwest.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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