The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XV. Colonial and Revolutionary Literature; Early National Literature, Part I.

IV. Irving

§ 14. Tales of a Traveller

The Tales of a Traveller, the scenes of which were laid partly in Italy, show the versaility of the author in bringing his imagination into harmony with varied surroundings. Whether the subject be in England, in France, or in Italy, whether he is writing of the Alhambra or of the Hudson, Irving always succeeds in coming into the closet sympathy with his environment. He has the artist’s touch in the ability to reproduce the atmosphere in which the scenes of his stories are placed.