First published in 1820, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has become an enduring staple of early-American literature. Written by Washington Irving, author of Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted numerous times, most notably in the 1999 Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, and in the 2013 television series which used the tale as inspiration for a modern-day retelling.
This e-book edition features a live table of contents and illustrations from an 1868 version of the text published by G. P. Putnam. Illustrations were inserted in the e-book at locations that are as close as possible to the original placement of the images in the original printed book.
Washington Irving was a prolific early-American writer, most famous for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Born in Manhattan, New York during the last weeks of the American Revolution, Irving was named after America's hero, George Washington. Irving was restless for much of his young life, travelling around Europe and failing to settle into any one career. However, Irving worked at his writing and traveled in literary circles from early on, and he generally made his living by his pen. Although Irving is most famous for his fiction, he also worked as a journalist and essayist and he wrote many biographies and histories, including biographies of George Washington and Muhammed. Irving died in 1859, at the age of 76 after suffering a heart attack in his home. He is buried in the cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, the small Dutch town that inspired his famous story.
Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought —and the prize is the very soul of America.
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.