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The 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 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.

Synopsis:

The timeless collection that introduced Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman

Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories gave America its own haunted mythology. This collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irvings best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today.

About the Author

Washington Irving (1783–1859) is generally credited with being the father of the American short story and was the first American writer to achieve international renown.

Elizabeth L. Bradley, the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, serves as literary consultant to Historic Hudson Valley, the caretakers of Sunnyside—

Irvings Tarrytown, New York, home. She also wrote the introduction and notes for the Penguin Classics edition of Irvings A History of New York.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143107538
Author:
Irving, Washington
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Hedges, William L.
Author:
Bradley, Elizabeth L.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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The timeless collection that introduced Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman

Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories gave America its own haunted mythology. This collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irvings best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today.

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