Washington Irving is a famous American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith, and several other histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors and the Alhambra. "Travelers' tales" was published after the author's one-year stay in Europe. This collection of short stories and essays is considered to be one of the major works in the literary career of Irving. In his works Irving skillfully uses folklore, historical documents, sketches, legends, folk tales, biographical memoirs and descriptions. In one of these stories "Buckthorne and his friends - a literary dinner" the author describes a brief conversation between people who thought about themselves as a truly magnificent masters in a literature world, but unfortunately the author experienced a strong disappointing issue in the conversation between them. What kind of feelings the author had you will find out at the end of this story.