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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories Author:Washington Irving Of Mischief and Mirth . . . Two early Dutch-American rogues leap merrily to mind whenever their famous creator is mentioned. One is the gangling Yankee schoolmaster Icaabod Crane -- that awkward butt of many past pranks--who, riding a plow horse home from a party one night is terrifyingly pursued by a headless horseman. The other is a genial,... more » lazy Catskillian who awakens from a twenty-year nap to find the Revolutionary War come and gone, himself an old man in a new young world.
Washington Irving wrote copiously more than "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," however, and this volume includes many of his neglected romances told in the slyly humourous vein of his two masterpieces. Not all are set in New York State; indeed, Ichabod and Rip themselves are European fold heroes whom Irving Americanized. He was equally at home with German, Spanish and Indian legends, and his eye for local color makes at least one tale of a plains buffalo hunt unforgettable. This collection, chosen from seven of Irving's forth volumes, represents at his finest a graceful writer often called "the father of American literature."« less