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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
     

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

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by Washington Irving
 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is among the earliest examples of American fiction still read today.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is among the earliest examples of American fiction still read today.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015857252
Publisher:
Unforgotten Classics
Publication date:
11/10/2012
Series:
Unforgotten Classics , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
571 KB

Meet the Author

Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

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THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Nook edition.
Beth Burt More than 1 year ago
Best book ever read!!!!!
Daisy Bullard More than 1 year ago
I liked this very much
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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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