The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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  • Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Author: Washington Irving
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Headless horsemen were staples of Northern European storytelling, featuring in German, Irish e.g Dullahan , Scandinavian e.g the Wild Hunt and English legends and were included in Robert Burns s Tam o Shanter 1790 , and Burger s Der wilde Jager, translated as The Wild Huntsman 1796 Usually viewed as omens of ill fortune for those who chose to disregard their apHeadless horsemen were staples of Northern European storytelling, featuring in German, Irish e.g Dullahan , Scandinavian e.g the Wild Hunt and English legends and were included in Robert Burns s Tam o Shanter 1790 , and Burger s Der wilde Jager, translated as The Wild Huntsman 1796 Usually viewed as omens of ill fortune for those who chose to disregard their apparitions, these specters found their victims in proud, scheming persons and characters with hubris and arrogance The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod.

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    Washington Irving

    Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle In 1809, he published The History of New York under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker Irving is best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent which he published in 1819 Irving s historical works include a five volume biography of George Washington after whom he was named as well as biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and several histories of 15th century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra Irving felt a strong connection to Spain and was appointed by President John Tyler to serve as the first Spanish speaking U.S minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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    • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      Such heavy description, but still a good Halloween classic!

    • Pull up a chair and have seat. Do you want a drink? Please, I insist. I’ve been drinking for hours. As you can see, I have a fire going in the fireplace, to ward off the chill of a winter you can already sense around the corner. It is dark outside the window. The nights come fast as the days shorten. The wind is howling. That is the wind – right? Its shriek sounds almost alive, almost human. Here, have another drink. Scoot closer to the fire. I want to tell you a terrifying story. The 2016 e [...]

    • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the old school classic read in catching up on classics for October 2016. I read an illustrated version of the Washington Irving's tale, which I finished in under an hour, and for which I rate three stars. I was familiar with the story of the Headless Horseman, especially as it has been used in Harry Potter in the form of the ghost Nearly Headless Nick. Consequently, I was looking for an action packed story featuring the aforementioned headless horse. Even though th [...]

    • This little treasure was simply delightful! Quite honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it quite so much. I’ve seen the various movie adaptations over the years and figured there wasn’t really anything more to be gained by reading this short story. I was wrong – the eloquence of the written word brought the legend up to a whole other level for me. Everyone is probably familiar with the tale of the Headless Horseman and the little valley of Sleepy Hollow, situated near the small town of Tarr [...]

    • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      I thought this story and I were Meant To Be.A few days before reading this, I read and reviewed Washington Irving's other famous story, Rip Van Winkle, and really enjoyed it. And then I read The Fold, which has this exchange between a high school student and his teacher in the first few pages:“Ichabod Crane isn’t really the hero of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.” “Explain.” “He’s, like, the British. You told us that when you said we couldn’t just watch the TV show to learn th [...]

    • Fun read and a great way to kick off my month of Halloween reads. I know the story, watched countless movie versions of the story, but never actually read the book. Still didn't.I listed to this one via audio. A fun read, but I wanted more gothic, creepy-ness. I wanted more Headless Horseman. The audio narration was wonderful! The narrator's voice had an edge of spookiness to it (a very good thing). Glad I read this one but yeah, I prefer the movie version 'Sleepy Hollow', which I watch every Ha [...]

    • I spent a few weeks every summer in the Catskill Mountains at a resort with my godparents, parents and grandparents. I used to walk around the forest, searching for the headless horsemen. The cottages we always stayed in were either "Rip Van Winkle" or "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Such good memories on the place and this book. Even before the movie, it launched my thirst for mystery and the hunt! And when they used this to make a few movies and then the TV show, I loved the whole concept. A must-r [...]

    • Ichabod Crane goes for a wild ride.Washington Irving first published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820. Besides being an iconic story and a fine example of early American literature, this is also a revealing historic illustration of life in the Dutch portions of early nineteenth century New York. We get to spend some time with the corpulent and satisfied Dutch farmers and glimpse early American culture.Irving’s language is typical of narrative fiction from his time, but is also resplendent a [...]

    • Though I've seen the movie versions countless times and listened to Bing Crosby croon about Brom Bones every Halloween for decades, this was my first time reading the story and it was MAGICAL!I really enjoyed Irving's style. His descriptions paint joyful pictures without being too wordy or grandiose. The passages about Icabod's boundless appetite and his lust for Katrina's hugeacts of land are priceless.Reading this story has given me a new appreciation for Irving. My goals now are:1) Read Rip V [...]

    • I have to say that re-reading this as an adult is a much different and more wonderful experience than as a snot-nosed kid of 15. I was able to appreciate the nuances much more, enjoying just how established Mr. Crane could be as a realistic and sympathetic character, even if he was slightly foolish.In other words, he felt real, I felt invested, and as any lover of horror knows, we must also feel superior to our victims before their inevitable and somewhat moralistic demise by supernatural or nef [...]

    • Thanks Stephanie - your review led me to read this and I am so glad I did:) I suppose it is because I had my education in England that this book was not part of my school reading nor had I come across it since. So it was a first time read for me and it was delightful!I always love stories written in this kind of old fashioned and extremely literate prose. The descriptions are just superb, especially the one of Ichabod Crane. At the end of that the reader knows exactly what he looked like to the [...]

    • Here in Indiana (US) there is a town called Irvington that has absolutely no historic connection to Washington Irving at all but never-the-less each year produces a marvelous and quite large Halloween festival in his honor. It lasts a week and centers around the characters from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I decided it was time re-read the story to catch up on all things forgotten. It's a simple tale really. A schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, is trying to woo a young woman from town and it angers th [...]

    • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      Well, hello there, Mr. Ichabod Crane! I cannot believe I waited so long before meeting you.I really don't see the horror part in this classic. I found myself smiling throughout the entire story. And it was all Irving's fault. He's just so funny and charming. There was no dialogue at all. I became aware of that at some point and wandered how come I still enjoyed it.The ending fit the character perfectly. I would have not wanted it any other way.

    • For most classics that I read it is easy to discern how they have stood the test of time and attain their classic status. However, a few titles, like Moby-Dick; or, The Whale and Three Men in a Boat hold little or no appeal to me at all, and why would anybody want to read them is beyond me. I am consigning The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the “not for me” pile (though I am careful not disrespect any classics because they are still being read more than a hundred years after first publication, j [...]

    • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      I loved the narration of this story. Tom Mison (the actor from the Sleepy Hollow television show) narrates this book and I could seriously listen to his voice all day long. Unfortunately, I didn't liked the actual story as much as I thought I would. I really wish the story was a bit darker and less descriptive.I would give the narration 5 stars and the story 3 stars so I'm going with 4 stars overall. I grabbed this audiobook for free from audible a while ago and it appears that it is no longer f [...]

    • 3.5 star ratingA classic short story about a village's urban legend, the Headless Horsemen. I first encountered this story when I was a child. It was a classic animated film. Do children watch this movie anymore? Anyways, this young school teacher tries to impress a young woman, so he can have the luxuries of life. Oddly, I felt like this man was my kindred spirit. He seemed more impressed with the food than the mistress he was trying to pursue. It was an Alex moment, and I was starving by the e [...]

    • Siempre quise leer esta corta historia de Washington Irving (1783-1859), uno de los precursores de la literatura norteamericana y considerado como el primer escritor de best-sellers americano.Si bien estuvo a la sombra de los grandes pioneros literarios norteamericanos como Poe, Hawthorne o Melville, supo granjearse la fama de excelente escritor a partir de novelas y cuentos como éste y Rip Van Winkle o su volumen “Cuentos de la Alhambra” en el que recuerda su paso por España.“La leyenda [...]

    • MelissaJeanette

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      I really enjoyed this book. After having just watched the Johny Depp movie version, I was surprised to find the book had almost nothing in common. I read it mostly at night and I enjoyed the spooky moments (though I admit my idea of spooky is pretty low on the scale for some). Ichabod is mildly detestable as a character; he seems like he has all the foundational qualities to make a wonderful villain, were this another story. I laughed at his envisioning the Van Tassel's animals as sumptuously co [...]

    • I’ve seen a few film adaptations of this story and I think I went into it expecting it to be too much like those and it left me feeling a little bit disappointed. I felt like it just lacked some OOMPH to really get me interested. I also found the story really loaded down with long, unnecessary descriptions and really slow to start. I found it really only picked up in the last quarter of the book, that’s when I started to get into it and before I knew it, it was over! I did still enjoy the st [...]

    • Disclaimer: my only experience with the Headless Horseman has been the wonderful Disney short adaption of it I watched repeatedly (no joke on repeatedly) during my childhood and the Tim Burton version. The entire time I read this though, I kept seeing the Disney version in my head and marveling at how well they captured the caricature of the schoolmaster that Irving seemed to be portraying and I had no idea as a child.Irving (who I'm now extremely interesting in researching more on his life and [...]

    • I really wanted to like this story but it definitely wasn't my cup of tea. Honestly, I found the story boring. The author spent too much time on description, so the story was quite slow and it dragged. I was also really disappointed with the end. I expected that the ending will scare me at least a little but, but it didn't. The story ended pretty abruptly, and now that I've finished it, I'm glad it did. Even though this was a pretty short story, it sure felt like a long one. Now I'm off to see t [...]

    • 2,5 ⭐️Este es el tipo de libro que debería venir con una alerta en la portada que diga “no pierdas tu tiempo, mira la película que es mejor”. Me ha parecido aburrido, y se me ha hecho cuesta arriba terminarlo, a pesar de ser tan corto. En mi mente, lo tenía catalogado como de terror, y lo único que me ha dado es gracia, por lo de la calabaza. 😕No superó mis expectativas. No lo recomiendo. 👎🏻

    • Simona Bartolotta

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      Read for my Anglo-American literatures course. I also re-watched the Disney short film, of course.

    • First of all, this right here is the most cruel thing an author has ever done to his/her character:"He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snip nose, so that it looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way th [...]

    • Many a year since I had read this one and I found I liked it better than I had remembered. Who wouldn't appreciate the descriptive powers of Washington Irving:On all sides he beheld vast store of apples; some hanging in oppressive opulence on the trees; some gathered into baskets and barrels for the market; others heaped up in rich piles for the cider-press. Father on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cake [...]

    • Illustrated by Robert Van Nutt“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is another fantastic story from Rabbit Ears’ “Storybook Classic” series. Everyone knows the famous story of Icabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the greatest stories ever created by Washington Irving and with Glenn Close’s haunting narration along with Tim Story’s eerie music and Robert Van Nutt’s beautiful yet haunting illustrations makes this one classic [...]

    • Graeme Rodaughan

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      A charming little tale, but not a scary one. Amusing, in its own way.

    • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      i is for Irving (Washington)Read a book that is less than 150 pages.I have to say I was a tiny bit disappointed with this. I know the story so so well that I had always believed I had read the original version, but as it turns out I haven't. I've seen the movie thousands of times, seen the TV show, and read abridged children's versions of the tale. It's a tale that has always surfaced every Halloween and one that I remember fondly. So when I actually read the entire unabridged tale recently on T [...]

    • Ichabod Crane’s life had been one of calm occurrence – day in and day out; his life was the same. But the meeting of a lovely young woman by the name of Katrina Van Tassel meant he was sure she would one day become his wife. But she had another vying for her attentions – Brom Bones. The night of great revelry at her father’s home - with dancing, eating and drinking – Ichabod was sure he would be betrothed by night’s end. But on returning home his mind wouldn’t stop dwelling on the [...]

    • I was happy to spot Audible giving away a copy of this classic for free. Unfortunately that is where my happiness ended. This was a very disappointing story. I have been left with a new appreciation for the Johnny Depp movie version of Sleepy Hollow. It's a wonder they got a half decent movie from the source material. The writing was a bit flowery for my taste. Too much time spent on description and not enough time spent on the storytelling or dialogue. The story itself was a bit of a bore. The [...]

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