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Sanctuaries in Washington Irving's «The Sketch Book»

The Sketch Book

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Hugo G. Walter

The present volume comprises a collection of wonderful and insightful essays exploring the theme of sanctuaries in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book. These are sanctuaries of natural beauty, peacefulness, architectural splendor, and mythical vitality. In addition, the book presents a short history of sanctuaries in nineteenth-century American and European literature.
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The present volume comprises a collection of wonderful and insightful essays exploring the theme of sanctuaries in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book. These are sanctuaries of natural beauty, peacefulness, architectural splendor, and mythical vitality. In addition, the book presents a short history of sanctuaries in nineteenth-century American and European literature.

This book by Hugo Walter is a thoughtful, insightful, and most comprehensive treatment of the concept of sanctuary in literature and a delight to read. It will make a perfect addition to any library of great literature.

Mary Jane Clerkin, Berkeley College Online

This book is a profound examination of spaces of renewal and vitality found in literature and art. While the focus is on Irving, Professor Walter incorporates his expansive knowledge of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature to create a compelling argument that these sanctuaries are powerful constants in all of world literature.

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