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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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A must for Americans

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is not only a good premise for a Disney cartoon or a Johnny Deppy film, it's also a fantastic and carefully nuanced tale of the dealings and deceptions in an isolated community in Upstate New York. Washington Irving conveys just the right amo...
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is not only a good premise for a Disney cartoon or a Johnny Deppy film, it's also a fantastic and carefully nuanced tale of the dealings and deceptions in an isolated community in Upstate New York. Washington Irving conveys just the right amount of humor and mystery and you cannot help but feel that he is laughing at you the whole time. It's a short novel, but as you finish the last line, you'll find yourself closing the book with a shiver and a smile.

posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2007

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1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

No Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Was looking forward to reading this. Can't seem to find any Legend of Sleepy Hollow in this one.

posted by got2weims on January 9, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    American Classic, Great Collection, Tad-bit Confusing Layout

    Writing this review pre-read. First thing, just like many others, is that I could not find "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the table of contents or the book. However! Upon further inspection it is clearly listed in the table of contents in the list for The Sketch-Book; in my paperback edition it is on page 162 (the story itself). I passed over it many times because I thought it should have been at the beginning considering the title of this collection, however that is not the case, but it is in fact there and can be found. Considering the rest of the collection contained within, this should be a fantastic read! Only lost a star for that 'mixup,' not for content.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Sleepy Hallow

    You can find this story on page 172...

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    This is an excellent introduction to the works of Washington Irv

    This is an excellent introduction to the works of Washington Irving. There are fiction stories but also essays, some of which are mildly fictionized themselves. (Irving would often attribute his ramblings to characters like Geoffrey Crayon and Diedrich Knickerbocker. If those names make you giggle, Irving is the author for you.)

    "Sleepy Hollow" is indeed in there, as is "Rip Van Winkle" and my favorite, "Dolph Heyliger." They are hidden amongst other stories but clearly labeled in the interior table of contents. They are all excellent early looks at the American Gothic tradition.

    One drawback to a select collection like this is that the stories in Bracebridge Hall and Tales of a Traveller are interconnected--one story leads to the next and so on, One Thousand and One Nights-style--and without all of them being included here, there are breaks in the connection. The end notes indicate when this is happening, but if you're skipping the notes (as I sometimes do) it's jarring.

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