THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (A CLASSIC GHOST STORY) [NOOK Book]

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW...A GHOST STORY. A HARVARD CLASSIC SERIES BOOK. Just 50 pages in print. Don't overlook this one....

A short story which was extremely important to American Literature, Irving is arguably one of the first American authors to write just for fun, short stories for fun at that.

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (A CLASSIC GHOST STORY)

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Overview

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW...A GHOST STORY. A HARVARD CLASSIC SERIES BOOK. Just 50 pages in print. Don't overlook this one....

A short story which was extremely important to American Literature, Irving is arguably one of the first American authors to write just for fun, short stories for fun at that.

This is an interesting story, forget the movie or the cartoon and enjoy what Irving intended for you to read.
Plot:
The story is set circa 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a sycophantic, lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, who is supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War, and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head". Ichabod mysteriously disappears from town, leaving Katrina to marry Brom Bones, who was "to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related". Although the nature of the Headless Horseman is left open to interpretation, the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom Bones in disguise

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012267719
  • Publisher: TLC BOOKS
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 574,049
  • File size: 87 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Good Edition

    Good Nook edition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Awesome

    Best book ever read!!!!!

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    This is a great story and should be read...

    I liked this very much

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Washington Irving's writing. Well, for his time period, the ear

    Washington Irving's writing. Well, for his time period, the early 1800s, his writing was easy to understand and was highly interesting, especially as he’s discussing a ghost story. However, it’s not so easy to follow and understand in today’s time period, and the writing itself is somewhat dry and, for me, boresome, especially with the huge array of novels that now grace the world, allowing readers to be even more so picky with their reads.

    This is a novella that follows Ichabod as he learns the story of the Headless Horseman. It’s an intriguing idea, and I’m sure many of us have heard of it, if not read it—my high school English teacher made me read this in 11th grade and I was a bit lost—but in my opinion, it’s anticlimactic. Irving sets up this ghost story to lure readers in, and then ends on a bland note, one that made me feel like sitting here and rereading the story wasn’t really worth my time at all. Likewise, I felt like there was little to no character development, something I’ve come quite accustomed to in my novels, and I felt like Irving was more so telling and not showing. Again, this worked very well in 1820, but I find it does nothing for me as a 21st century reader.

    However, in the last few decades there have been new renditions of this novella that switch up the ending and that take the reader along for a wild ride, such as the novel, Severed, by Dax Varley, and these stories are much more my speed.

    Overall, I think that Irving’s short story/novella has the right idea, but just doesn’t captivate today’s audience much anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

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    Posted January 6, 2013

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    Umm what is it about?

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