Wolfert's Roost and Other Papers (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) by Washington Irving
The “father of the American short story” published this enormously popular book in 1855. Wolfert’s Roost is collection of fables—including whimsical Spanish romances and scenes from around Westchester County—that were originally published in the Knickerbocker Magazine.
Washington Irving (1783-1859) has been called the first American man of letters. His most famous stories are "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," classics of dark fantasy. He also wrote histories and biographies, including a five-volume life of George Washington.