Posted on 01/19/2022 at 08:48 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The literary birthday being celebrated today is not, as the title might have led you to believe, Washington Irving's.
Rather, it's Edgar Allan Poe's (his 213th, to be exact).
Irving, a friend of his, wrote a letter of praise for Poe's story "William Wilson" — but adds a gentle critique of a different, earlier story, which Literary Hub believes to be "The Fall of the House of Usher."
You can read Irving's writing advice to Poe (and follow a link to the full letter) at Lit Hub.
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