Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories: Or, the Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” as Want to Read:
Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories: Or, the Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories: Or, the Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  38,415 ratings  ·  364 reviews
Washington Irving's best-known collection comprises one of the first great works of American literature. Through a variety of genres - story, essay, travelogue, folklore - Irving crafted many of the characters and fables that Americans still love, from Rumplestiltskin to Ichabod Crane.
Published August 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published 1819)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Amira Mahmoud
كالعادة أغلب معلوماتي أحصل عليها من كتابات وترجمات الأب الروحي د.أحمد توفيق
المرة الأولى التي اسمع واقرأ فيها للكاتب الأمريكي واشنجتون آرفنج

العدد عبارة عن مجموعة من قصص للكاتب قام بترجمتها د.أحمد توفيق
"الشيطان توم ووكر" ، " الزوجة" هما أول قصص المجموعة
أعجبتني كثيرًا تلك الفضائل التي يتحدث عنها الكاتب، ويحاول دسها في أبطال قصصه
كان أبطاله انعكاس لما يريد أن يكون عليه الإنسان من صفات حسنة

في قصة الزوجة أعُجبت وتعجبت من نظرته للمرأة كزوجة وحبيبة!!

القصتين التاليتين عن الأساطير والخرافات التي يتداولها س
I was a victim of marketing with this book: If it had been The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (the original title) on the cover I almost certainly would have passed it by. However, I could not miss out on the book holding Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, two stories whose fame outstrips that of their author by a few miles (at least in Britain).

See the complete review here:
N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks]
Sep 11, 2011 N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for the origins of some old legends, and the enjoyment of some pretty good stories!
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: American Literature of the 19th Century (Class)
Shelves: education
It's been a long time since I had the pleasure of sitting down and reading pieces of literature written in a time before these last couple of decades, and this one did not disappoint. Mind you, while I'm reading this for my American Literature of the 19th Century class (English Major~ Who'd have guessed it~), it's a really delicious experience to be able to put down the more rampant outlandish stories that so often capture the minds of the youths today and read something that was trying to estab ...more
He is called "America's first man of letters," one of the first American writers to separate literary fiction from public discourse; playing mentor to the likes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allen Poe.

There are a lot of reasons I admire Irving's writings. One reason is I respect the tenacious writer, Irving, who only wanted to be left alone to write. He wasn't afraid to tell his family this after their firm collapsed, or to tell it to the editors who offered him jobs instea
Era da tempo che desideravo leggere un libro di Washington Irving. Per la precisione, la voglia mi è venuta la bellezza di 28 anni fa, ossia da quando, leggendo quel libro mitico che è “Comma 22”, mi sono imbattuta in Yossarian che firma i suoi "lavori" di censore alternativamente con il nome di Washington Irving e Irving Washington. Ma non me ne era mai capitata l'occasione.

Vorrei poter dire che il procrastinare la soddisfazione del desiderio ne abbia proporzionalmente aumentato il piacere. Ma
Due palle cosmiche!!!
Ero curiosa di leggere qualcosa di Irving, così ho preso questo libro, che (oltre al racconto che da il titolo al libro e da cui è stato tratto un film, qualche anno fa) comprende anche una serie di racconti e saggi scritti dall'autore durante i suoi numerosi soggiorni in Europa, all'inizio dell'Ottocento. L'unico racconto che salvo è proprio quello che da il titolo al libro, gli altri non mi hanno affatto entusiasmato. E' già tanto se sono riuscita a finirlo senza cedere al
Aaron (Cedar Sun)
I enjoyed this, however in what seems to be a reoccurring theme as of late, I pictured the Disney-versions of the characters throughout. The illustrations were nice, too.
THE SKETCH BOOK. (1819+). Washington Irving. ****.
Irving published this series of both fiction and non-fiction “sketches” beginning in 1819. He issued them as separate collections of paperbound editions that came out serially. He also published them in England to maintain his copyright ownership. He ran into trouble in England when his publisher went bankrupt, but with a little help from Sir Walter Scott he found another company who issued the stories as two separate volumes. Most of the sketche
Not as scary as I remember, but still a classic October read.

Over the years, I've read, watched, and listened to a number of headless horseman retellings of Irving's tale, which watered down the original story's impact. So while rereading is fun, the experience isn't as good as when I first read it all those years ago (back when I knew very little about genre tropes and urban legends).
I read Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, and while it was fun to actually read these stories that I'm so familiar with by cultural osmosis, the stories themselves were a little underwhelming.

Sleepy Hollow's Ichabod Crane is a pretty good character, and he's described wonderfully, all elbows and flapping. I like the ambiguity of the story as well: (view spoiler)
I absolutely loved this book. Each chapter is self-contained, so it is a great book to keep at your bedside to pick up occasionally or when the mood strikes. Aptly named, because the author tackles a wide range of subjects---wherever his fancy takes him. Written in the elegant, descriptive English of an earlier era, this is not a book to breeze through quickly. Here is a man who has one foot in England and one in the New World and appears to hold both in affection. His unhurried ruminations as h ...more
It has been a while since I saw the movie Sleepy Hollow but when I saw this book I had to get it as I seemed to remember I liked the movie, and the book is usually better than the movie.

Sleepy Hollow is the last story in the book, and so I had to read a lot of other ones before I got to it. They seemed to get more and more boring. The stories themselves wasn't necessarily boring, but the way they were written was. My mind started wandering in all of them and I had to re-read whole pages because
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starts off with the narrator describing the town of Sleepy Hollow. The mood is set perfectly, the small town is said to be haunted and the townspeople believe there is such a thing as the Headless Horseman.
Enter Ichabod Crane, who is a schoolteacher and arrives at Sleepy Hollow from Connecticut to teach the townchildren. Ichabod is described as being tall and lanky, with his clothes too large for his thin frame. He also enjoyed reading, singing and flirting with the t
Ignacio Senao f
El relato que da nombre a esta recopilación es sin duda muy bueno. Por una ambientación que sumerge al lector en un espeso bosque con ruidos extraños. Los restantes muy flojos, extremadamente clásicos y poco originales. Pero lo que verdaderamente hace que sean malos es que un autor americano, intenta escribir literatura como si fuera español, con nuestra cultura y léxico propio. Quiso chulear mostrando sus conocimientos sobre España y metió la pata.
Mejor vamos a correr un estúpido velo sobre este libro.
Review to follow tomorrow morning (hopefully). Too exhausted right now...

Ok....I'm not going to lie...I didn't find this book very enjoyable.
I think a large part of the reason was due to the stories being of an almost entirely descriptive nature, with a complete lack of dialogue. This in itself wouldn't normally have been too much of an issue, but after 30 odd stories, it's a little repetitive and boring. The narrative just seemed to stretch on with no end in sight, and only very few of
Times I did not live in appeal to me, and though I found it kind of challenging reading this in its original language (I’m afraid it’s quite obvious as you can see, English is not my native speech), I think that kept for me the old atmosphere as well. If you expect adventures, actions or something actually happening, you’ll be slightly disappointed – even in the famous “Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” there’s not much, you have already probably heard the whole thing. The fine humour in the s ...more
It was nice to re-read the stories I had grown up knowing and loving. I also realized, like most movies, they are completely different from the books. I knew the animated version of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" quite well and as I grew older I fell in love with Tim Burton's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. The book however, wasn't as terrifying as I remembered it to be. But I guess back in the 1800s when Iriving wrote it, things were quite different.

Also in
I'll confess that I had no interest in reading this whatsoever, but did so for a challenge. It's mostly a disappointing set of stories.

My copy had:

1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This was the most disappointing of the lot for me. I love the Tim Burton movie, and it's amazing what was done with it now that I know that the story is so slight. Oh, Irving fills it with atmospheric details, enough to put Wordsworth and his daffodils to shame, but it still does not change the fact that the story is..
John Wiswell
Aug 17, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics readers, short story readers, literary readers
Masterworks from one of the pioneers of the American short story, including the classic "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." "Rip Van Winkle," along with several lesser known stories like "The Angler," have aged very well and are very readable literary fiction for something from almost two hundred years ago. Their themes, of cultural change and the people who are lost in it, are prescient today. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" has both examples of dated humor and dated horror, and i ...more
I bought this book after I have seen the movie of Sleepy Hollow almost a thousand times, I absolutely love the movie and I really wanted to have the book. This book contains more then just the story of Sleepy Hollow, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed them all. There were fun little stories, and all of them contained something about Dutch colonists (I'm Dutch) which I enjoyed. The way Irving wrote about them was fun, with some typical stereotype views. All of the stories also had some kind of ...more
It's autumn and Halloween soon will be here. Need some good ghostly tales to while away safe and sound inside your home? Sure, go ahead and buy the latest Stephan King horror novel, but take time to check out Washington Irving first. I promise you, his Headless Horseman just may haunt your nightmares afterwards. And you will return year after year as I have. After all, we all need comfort food of the fantastical.

Read the rest of the review at I Smell Sheep Reviews:
Irving does not impress. This is an overly long collection full of stories that are never made clear as to their being fiction or non-fiction.

I rate this 2 stars but only because I love the English it's written in and because of the three stand out pieces: The Art of Book-Making, London Antiques and Rip Van Winkle.

The prose is flowery (unjustifiably so) and Irving comes across as a woman-hater when portraying the females of his stories.

No thankyou, not a fan, the Sleepy Hollow story for which
Kathy Jackson
Decided to read this as it is a classic and not that long so fit into the amount of time I had to read. In the beginning I loved the dialect it was written in - the old English - however, by the time it was done, I was rather tired of it.

It had some wonderfully discriptive lines such as "Though many years has elapsed ince I trod the drowsy shades of Sleepy Hollow, yet I question whether I should not still find the same trees and the same families vegatating in its sheltered bosom."

I was disappoi
Viviane Crystal
Sleepy Hollow, located in the Hudson River Valley of New York State, carries a familiar ambience of what Irving described as “The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions…and the nightmare, with her whole nine fold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.” Such exquisite writing immerses the reader into the atmosphere Irving was so talented in creating in the well-known stories of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from wh ...more
Moises Arispe

The title of the book is called THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES. The book was written by WASHINGTON IRVING. The number of pages in this book are 43 pages.
The book was published by Gregg Publishing Company, New York, Chicago. There are various characters in this book one of them is Ichabod Crane. He is a boy who would eat large amount of food. he would believe every myth, or tale you tell him, but he is also scared of ghost and demons. Other character is Katrina Van Tassel. This i
I'm still a fan of the Gothic tales that we all know him for. Most of the essays, however, didn't move me one way or another. While concise and interesting-true?-(I'm thinking of the essay on the difference between the Brits and the French), the style of the essays made them too easy to skim over--I guess what I'm saying is that the subject matter and his observations of young American society are more interesting than the prose or the style in which they're written.
Andrea McFirst
Non mi sarei mai aspettato di leggere un' opera così studiata e complessa.
Ho trovato questo libro nel reparto "Horror e Thriller" così mi aspettavo una raccolta di racconti in stile "Il Mistero Di Sleepy Hollow". Poi ho scoperto che il racconto in questione era davvero breve e solo il primo di ben 34 racconti/saggi.
Semplicemente splendido. Ogni saggio/racconto racchiude in se una descrizione dettagliata di alcuni elementi della vita inglese ed americana e tutte queste curiosità unite creano uno
"That's for kids", most people would say.
But more than that, this book is paranormally satisfying and inspiring.
It is surprisingly readable, witty, well-narrated, and unsoapy of dialogues.

I can't rightly say which of the stories is my favorite; one thing's for sure, Irving's stories were simply ahead of his time. And Arthur Rackham's illustrations were amazing.
After visiting Irving's home in the historic Hudson Valley area, I was so completely intrigued by his life and contributions to American literature that I had to purchase this book. It's great to read works besides The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and understand his true genius in more depth. He led an interesting life, which comes to life in his short stories.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Daisy Miller and Washington Square
  • The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins
  • The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction
  • Selected Stories
  • Essential Tales and Poems
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2
  • Fairy Tales
  • A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth
  • The Time Machine/The Invisible Man
  • The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It
  • Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights
  • Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction
  • Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales
  • Pygmalion and Three Other Plays
  • Moby Dick
  • The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll
  • The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
  • The Collected Oscar Wilde (Classics)
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
More about Washington Irving...

Share This Book

“There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” 181 likes
“Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him.” 46 likes
More quotes…