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Rip Van Winkle, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  33,913 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Here are two favorite stories by "the father of American literature" exactly as Washington Irving wrote them, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with six handsome new illustrations. Once again in these pages, Ichabod Crane, the hapless schoolmaster of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and the henpecked husband of "Rip Van Winkle" rise ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published 2009 by Wordsworth (first published 1819)
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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).

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N.T. Embe
Sep 11, 2011 N.T. Embe 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
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).
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
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
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.
Radina Stamenova
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 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
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.

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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
"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.
Arax Miltiadous
αλαφροΐσκιωτος και με χιούμορ... Το αλατοπίπερο της ζωής!
Η ευγλωττία των περιφραστικών των λόγων του σε συνταράσσει σώψυχα, τόσο που θες να σβήσεις την ύπαρξη σου μέσα σε αυτό το λογοτεχνικό παραλήρημα και να αποτελείς από δω και έπειτα, μέρος του.
3 αστεράκια γιατί δεν μου έφτασε. Θέλω κι άλλο να χορτάσω την πείνα μου.
How have I not read anything of his before? I loved reading Sleepy Hollow and I never realized Rip Van Winkle only ever fell asleep for 20 years and that half the story is about escaping a nagging wife. Kind of funny. His sketches are well worded and I can feel my vocabulary increasing (yeah!) while still being amused.
While most readers will be familiar with "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", the various less known works collected here are fascinating in the portraits they produce of life in England (Irving's residence at the time of writing and publication). In particular, the Christmas sketches clearly influenced Dickens's own Christmas tales. One of my favorites, which should also be of interest to other members of GoodReads, is "The Mutability of Literature" in which Mr. Irving visits the ...more
This isn't the edition I read (which was The Complete Tales of Washington Irving), but it's as close as I can get for purposes of a review--and close enough. Irving of course is best known for Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but he wrote dozens of other short stories. Most were set in contemporary Europe, where he lived for much of his adult life, or in early New York. One wouldn't recommend reading all the stories, which vary widely in quality, but it's fun to leaf through the ...more
Mandy's Review:

For someone who loves and breathes books, I must shamefully admit that I have never read any of Washington Irving's work before receiving this book for review. Yes, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is included in that mix.

The stories and essays in this collection are absolutely phenomenal ... and I'm not usually a fan of the classics because of the old English wording. I just find it can be difficult to read and I have a hard time keeping my attention in the story. However, Irving wrot
This combines several stories written by Washington Irving with his observations of many places and situations that he observed in England. Most are quite descriptive of early 1800s English places and customs. Also included are his Rip VanWinkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow stories. Admittedly, these two are strictly American stories. Most everyone is familiar with them but the reading of them brings out details often overlooked or forgotten. In particular, reading Ichabod Crane's flight from ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I read The Legend of Sleep Hollow and The Tale of the German Soldier. I'd like to read more by him.
Kathryn Zap
This was one of the first classic book I read (other than the typical 'Romero and Juliet' or 'Lord of the Flies'). This book was written way back in the day for an simple scare. As easily this was written such as the lack of description and details, this story rattled your mind and kept you hiding an blanket. The story of the Headless Horsemen is still quite the story that is being retold centuries later. I loved this story and the movie however, I don't know what's worse? You reading and your m ...more
Elyse Hdez
Sin duda "la leyenda del jinete sin cabeza" es uno de mis cuentos favoritos, no lo niego, pero ahora que leí más cuentos de Washington Irving noté algo en su manera de de escribir, y es que hace narraciones muy extensas que en algunas ocasiones creo que eran innecesarias; en algunas ocasiones me perdía en la trama porque me enfocaba mucho a la descripción de ese momento.

Aparte del cuento ya mencionado al principio me agrado mucho "El laúd de plata" "El espectro del novio" y "la aventura del est
Irving’s sketchbook is among the first American collections of short stories and essays, which range in style from the maudlin, to the comical, to the picturesque-historical. Most exhibit a romantic sensibility. Often a satirical sense of humor is invoked. Largely written in Europe, most of the stories likewise have a foreign setting. The book represents dual-objectives: 1. Earn respect for American writing abroad 2. Bring Europe to Americans. The Sketchbook largely functions as a fanciful guide ...more
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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
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