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How did Washington Irving's life affect his writing in The History of NY?

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Washington Irving lived in Tarrytown N.Y. (slightly north of N.Y.C.) however he did travel to many places within the state. One of the best examples of how Irving's writing was affected by his experiences in N.Y. is reflected in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow . While in Staten Island N.Y. Irving attended a local church service and decided to walk through the church...

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