The Adventure of My Aunt
To assure herself cautiously of the fact, she put one hand to her forehead, as if rubbing it; peeped through her fingers, and moved the candle with the other hand.The light of the taper gleamed on the eye, and was reflected from it.She was sure it moved.Nay, more, it seemed to give her a wink, as she had sometimes known her husband to do when living!It struck a momentary chill to her heart; for she was a lone woman, and felt herself fearfully situated.
America's first genuine internationally best-selling author
Irving is largely credited as the first American Man of Letters.
His friend, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, acknowledged Irving's role in promoting American literature: "We feel a just pride in his renown as an author, not forgetting that, to his other claims upon our gratitude, he adds also that of having been the first to win for our country an honorable name and position in the History of Letters".
As George William Curtis noted, there "is not a young literary aspirant in the country, who, if he ever personally met Irving, did not hear from him the kindest words of sympathy, regard, and encouragement."
- The Adventure of My Aunt