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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories from the Sketch Book (Signet Classics)by Washington Irving
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Sage, storyteller, and wit, Washington Irving created such staples of American fiction as the stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He earned his preeminence in early American literature with the masterpieces in miniature collected here: dozens of travel essays, tales of romance, biographical discourses, and literary musings. “His influence on American writers is unquestioned,” wrote Edgar Allan Poe, and his stories have proved as enduring as the Catskill Mountains their author immortalized.
“Exceptional talent.…I am one of his most ardent admirers. I admired Mr. Irving’s work so much, in fact, that I gave it the ultimate praise; I ‘borrowed it.’ ”—Edgar Allan Poe
When the sixteen stories collected here first were published in 1819, readers in America and abroad greeted them with enthusiasm, and Irving emerged as America's first successful professional author. Some of the pieces are gently ironic, reflecting the author's interest in the traditions of the Old World and his longings for his home in the New. But it is in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" that Irving exhibits his true strength: the ability to depict American landscapes and culture so vividly that readers feel themselves a part of them.
The creator of such quintessentially American fiction as "Rip Van Winkle," Irving earned his preeminence with the masterpieces in miniature collected here: dozens of short stories, travel essays, biographical discourses, and literary musings.
A sage storyteller, Irving created such staples of American fiction as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." This collection contains dozens of travel essays, tales of romance, and literary musings. Features a new Introduction. Revised reissue.
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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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