Tales of the Alhambra A Selection of Essays and Stories

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-05-15
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Upon his 1829 arrival in Granada, Spain, American author Washington Irving was immediately charmed by the city's beauty and picturesque qualities. While researching a book on the conquest of Granada, he gained access to the Alhambra Palace, which had fallen into disrepair after years of neglect. Irving became a guest at the ancient fortress, where he found himself in the company of several colorful inhabitants. During his sojourn, the writer became increasingly enamored of the grand palace and its wealth of history and folklore.
The result is this captivating collection of essays, sketches, and tales. As Irving notes in his Preface, "It was my endeavor scrupulously to depict its half Spanish, half Oriental character; its mixture of the heroic, the poetic, and the grotesque; to revive the traces of grace and beauty fast fading from its walls; to record the regal and chivalrous traditions concerning those who once trod its courts; and the whimsical and superstitious legends of the motley race now burrowing among its ruins." A must-read for modern-day visitors to the Alhambra, this edition presents a fascinating selection of Irving's observations and stories.

Author Biography

Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was the first popular author with such timeless stories as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," but his lesser known nonfiction is equally impressive and important.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
The Journey                                                          
Palace of the Alhambra                                               
Important Negotiations: The Author Succeeds to the Throne of Boabdil
Inhabitants of the Alhambra                                         
The Hall of Ambassadors                                           
The Jesuits’ Library                                               
Alhamar, The founder of the Alhambra                                 
Yusef Abul Hagid, The Finisher of the Alhambra                        
The Mysterious Chambers                                           
Panorama from the Tower of Comares                                 
The Truant                                                          
Public Fetes of the Alhambra                                             
Legend of the Arabian Astrologer                                   
Visitors to the Alhambra                                            
Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra                                  
The Veteran                                                        
The Governor and the Notary                                         
A Fete in the Alhambra                                              
Spanish Romance                                                    
Poets and Poetry of Moslem Andalus                                  
The Author’s Farewell to Granada                                   

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