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About the Author: Washington Irving

Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym, "Jonathan Oldstyle."

In 1809, he published, The History of New York, under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Irving is best known for his short stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" both of which appear in his book, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. which he published in 1819.

Irving's historical works include a five volume biography of George Washington (for whom he was named after) as well as biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving felt a strong connection to Spain and was appointed by President John Tyler to serve as the first Spanish speaking U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2009 by Ediciones Traspies

ISBN10: 8493542725 | ISBN13: 9788493542726

Page count: 124

When the young student Antonio de Castros decides to unravel the mystery surrounding the strange scholar he met in the library of the University of Granada, he little imagines the magnitude of the adventure in which he will be involved. The secrets of alchemy and the fascinating search for the Philosopher’s Stone; the intrigues of the fearsome libertine Ambrosio de Loxa; Antonio’s love of the beautiful Ines; and the gloomy dungeons of the Inquisition are the central themes of this exciting tale that takes place against the backdrop of Granada’s medieval ruins.

Cuando el joven estudiante Antonio de Castros decide desentrañar el misterio que rodea al extraño erudito con el que se topó en la biblioteca de la universidad de Granada, poco se puede imaginar la aventura en la que se verá envuelto. Los secretos de la alquimia y la fascinante búsqueda de la piedra filosofal; las intrigas del temible libertino don Ambrosio de Loxa; el amor de Antonio por la bella Inés; y los lóbregos calabozos de la Inquisición son los ejes centrales de este relato emocionante que se desarrolla frente las ruinas de la Granada nazarí.

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