Washington Irvinga s classic tale of romantic schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his terrifying encounter with the Headless Horseman. Authora s vivid imagery involving the wild supernatural pursuit by the Headless Horseman has sustained interest in this popular folktale through many printed editions, as well as film, stage, and musical adaptations.
Washington Irving’s short stories have captured the imaginations of generations since they were originally published in the early nineteenth century.
His timeless characters like Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle, are among the earliest of truly American literary figures. Complete and unabridged, this elegantly designed edition features a new introduction.
In a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane, an extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, competes with Abraham Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina 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. The Headless Horseman, is said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball, and "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head," though the story implies that the Horseman was really Brom in disguise.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story by American author Washington Irving. Along with Irving's companion piece "Rip Van Winkle", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity.
The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town (historical Tarrytown, New York), in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. The most infamous spectre in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be 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". The "Legend" relates the tale of Ichabod Crane, a 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.
Washington Irving (best known for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) was one of the first American writers to gain notoriety throughout Europe. In this story, Irving describes his experiences visiting Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey in the United Kingdom. He even talks with Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott.Ê
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