Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

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Before the fall premiere of the new television series, read the original legend of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and the singularly spooky town of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving's classic book

When Washington Irving first published this collection of essays, sketches, and tales?originally entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.?readers greeted it with enthusiasm, and Irving emerged as America's first successful ...

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Overview

Before the fall premiere of the new television series, read the original legend of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and the singularly spooky town of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving's classic book

When Washington Irving first published this collection of essays, sketches, and tales—originally entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.—readers greeted it with enthusiasm, and Irving emerged as America's first successful professional author.

This volume includes "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," two of America's most recognizable and loved works of fiction and displays Irving's ability to depict American landscapes and culture so vividly that readers feel themselves a part of them. And it is on the basis of these two classic tales that Irving is generally credited with inventing the short story as a distinct literary genre. Also included here are gently ironic pieces about life in England that reflect the author's interest in the traditions of the Old World and his longings for his home in the New.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140437690
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 812,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Washington Irving, one of the first American authors to earn his living from writing, was born in 1783 and died in 1859.

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Table of Contents

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories Introduction
A Note on the Text
Preface to the Revised Edition (1848)
The Author's Account of Himself
The Voyage
Roscoe
The Wife
Rip Van Winkle
English Writers on America
Rural Life in England
The Broken Heart
The Art of Book Making
A Royal Poet
The Country Church
The Widow and Her Son
A Sunday in London
The Boar's Head Tavern, East Cheap
The Mutability of Literature
Rural Funerals
The Inn Kitchen
The Spectre Bridegroom
Westminster Abbey
Christmas
The Stage Coach
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
The Christmas Dinner
London Antiques
Little Britain
Stratford-on-Avon
Traits of Indian Character
Philip of Pokanoket
John Bull
The Pride of the Village
The Angler
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
L'Envoy
Appendix A: "Prospectus" to the First American Edition
Appendix B: "Advertisement" to the First British Edition
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    hello!

    For Shane's information(and anyone else who mught want to read this book), the Legend of Sleepy Hollow wasn't all blood and gore, it was also a story. I gave it four stars because, while I haven't read this book's version, I know the story well and , honestly, how much could they change a classic?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Not Enough of Sleepy Hollow

    This book used The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the title but The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was only a minor storie in the book. The whole story follows a school master named Ichabod through the entire story untill a exiting chase of the Headless Horseman. At the end of the chase Ichabod is killed by a pupkin flaming with brimstone. If you want action and a better version of Sleepy Hollow see the movie!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2014

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    Sleepy Hollow, located in the Hudson River Valley of New York State, carries a familiar ambience of what Irving described as “The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions…and the nightmare, with her whole nine fold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.” Such exquisite writing immerses the reader into the atmosphere Irving was so talented in creating in the well-known stories of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from which the above quote emanates.  These have become classic tales of New York literature and history that still thrill every reader.
    But just as much as the mystical, bloody, haunted qualities are rife in those two short stories, so too beautiful, literate and profoundly memorable descriptions are everywhere in the other segments in this collection within [The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.]  Read of Irving’s lovely appreciation of nature in upstate Sleepy Hollow.  
    Or perhaps read of the irony of Irving’s visit to Stratford-on-Avon, home of the playwright William Shakespeare, as he views the ordinary material possessions in Shakespeare’s home through the prism of the abundant words and scenes created by this brilliant author, all of which have remained in Irving’s mind and which color his every perception during this memorable trip.  
    Appreciate also the irony with which he describes settings and behavior of individuals who have rather large egos – while never directly criticizing them, Irving satirizes with his comic descriptions, as in “Christmas Eve,” where he describes a British officer who had been wounded but could talk French and Italian, draw landscapes, sing very tolerably, dance divinely; but above all he had been wounded at Waterloo – “…what girl of seventeen, well read in poetry and romance, could resist such a mirror of chivalry and perfection!”  Love it!
    On and on the talented author Washington Irving describes the vicissitudes of life in America and England throughout this collection.  His purpose, he claimed, was to not only plumb the depths of the relatively new American experience but to visit the places in England that were the historical and cultural sources that would enrich those who came to create an American experience.  While the latter was new, Irving acknowledged one could not deny the formidable influence of the past – and so he presents it in all its glory, tomfoolery, and wonderful fame!
    This is a worthy collection to keep and relish frequently over and over; it truly is a series of phenomenal travel and fictional writings by one of the earliest masters of literary fame in America.  Highly recommended reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

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    This a great book both for personal reading enjoyment and for educational purposes. I tutor students at the elementary through college levels and this is a great tool. The stories are short, well written, enjoyable and contain some advanced vocabulary. It is well suited to the task of teaching good writing principles, literature and vocabulary. A bonus is that it quickly becomes a favorite for the student and this makes it very exciting to discuss. I would highly recommend it to all.

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