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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle

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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set circa 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by WLC (first published 1819)
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Becky
I listened to this driving home from NJ last night, though I just got around to reviewing it today. If this can be called a review, that is.

I don't really have much to say about these two stories, honestly.

Sleepy Hollow is actually a bit creepy at times on audio, especially since the ending is left unresolved, but honestly, I think it's pretty obvious what the situation was. He had an overactive imagination and someone took advantage of that knowledge to their own benefit. A cautionary tale, p
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Jacob J.
Jan 17, 2016 Jacob J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I'd give Legend of Sleepy Hollow 5 stars, and Rip Van Winkle between 3 and 4 stars. The following thoughts are exclusively on Sleepy Hollow)

One of the seminal American ghost stories, arguably the preeminent American ghost story, with a name as recognizable as any contemporary pop culture phenomenon (thanks in large part to its perpetual resurrection in Halloween tradition, Disney, Tim Burton and now the Fox Network), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow indicates Washington Irving’s fascination with the
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Josette
Sep 29, 2009 Josette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed some of the stories in this collection of Washington Irving's short stories on audio CD. The first on the 4-disc set was "Rip Van Winkle," and the second "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" — the two I most wanted to hear/read. I had read both in junior high school and again in college, but apparently I either didn't pay attention well the first two times or didn't remember them correctly. "Sleepy Hollow" especially was nothing like how I remembered it, and perhaps that's because of all the ...more
Aj Sterkel
First, a confession: I’m not the biggest fan of Washington Irving. I studied his work in college, and I found most of it to be pretty tedious. But, it’s my goal to read more classic horror this year. It felt wrong to ignore “the father of American literature.”

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle are two novelette-length works that are set in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The stories were both published in 1819 and quickly became popular around the world.

In The Legend of Sleepy Ho
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Bill Wallace
Aug 17, 2016 Bill Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I revisited these classics courtesy of Librivox recordings as part of my exploration of the history and literature of the Hudson River. Both stories are so deeply embedded in American literature and popular culture that the original texts are often forgotten. Both are remarkable stories and their place in the foundation of the country is unshakable.

Both are also overshadowed by their echoes in film, cartoons, children's versions, Catskills tourism, songs, and other media, so it's difficult to a
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Caroline Beatle
Jun 09, 2015 Caroline Beatle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, cuentos
Tengo ciertas quejas con respecto a esta edición:
La primera es el título; te dan a entender que las historias contenidas en el libro son de terror, lo cual no es en absoluto cierto. Si bien la mayoría de los cuentos tienen elementos sobrenaturales, muy pocos (me atrevería a decir que solamente uno) son aterradores.
La segunda queja es acerca de la traducción. Amén de que utiliza algunas expresiones muuuy españolas también encontré algunos errores tipográficos así como palabras iguales en lugares
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Bill
Aug 13, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised I've never read these two stories by Irving. I have seen movie adaptations and enjoyed them. The stories were written in 1819 and 1820 and were enjoyable and entertaining. I found the book at a nice book store in Holt UK. It was published in 1893 and contains excellent drawings by George H. Boughton which enhance the stories. The stories are well-known; Rip Van Winkle about a carefree, lazy man who falls asleep for 20 years after drinking with a group of 'elves' he finds while wand ...more
Mackenzie Warren
This book was more like a short story... it had a bit of confusing language in it but was over all a good read! i don't know too much about the author but I do know that he had a pretty good idea of what a highschool dance might be like if you replaced the little midget men with Boys and Girls, and instead of bowling you made everyone dancing. But the drinking thing is about right. I know that that is sterio typing and I've been to some of these dances and have not done any questionable things, ...more
Amy
Oct 09, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally read the original version over the summer. Of course, I was familiar with the story from the Disney animated version that I grew up with, but the writing in the story is incredible. It is so descriptive. I felt like I was walking through those wild wood of another time. Writers had to work harder to build the images with words before there were pictures and movies. The humor was charming and subtle. The story is suspenseful, but not too scary for kids.

This month I'm going read this wit
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Jeffrey Bumiller
Another Halloween inspired reading adventure. I am obliged to love these two tales because their setting, The Hudson Valley in New York State, is where I grew up! They are both a lot of fun, and eerie, if you let your imagine run wild. The writing doesn't blow me away but the stories themselves are so endearing! I actually found Rip Van Winkle to be a little creepier than Sleepy Hollow on this go around. Oh well, maybe when I read them again in ten years they'll flip positions. Time will tell.
Erin O'Riordan
Oct 01, 2013 Erin O'Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as part of a Scholastic Book order when I was a grade schooler. I was more interested in "Sleepy Hollow" than "Rip Van Winkle," but it was one of my introductions to early U.S. literature, and I still love them for that reason. Irving was, after all, the first American to be recognized abroad for his writing talent.
Susan
Oct 30, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read both these stories many times before, but I appreciate them all over again after listening to them again. I love the way Irving describes places, it is so evocative. I must pull out his book of short stories I have and get cracking and try to regain that magic.
Marilyn
50 States and at least 50 Authors 2017 Reading Challenge. NEW YORK.

These are perhaps the best known of Irving's short stories. The "legend" of Sleepy Hollow is a headless horseman, said to be a Hessian who lost his head to canon fire. He rides from the cemetery to where he was shot looking for his head. Ichabod Crane is fond of young Miss Van Tassel. He is particularly fond of her father's wealth which she will inherit. However, he is not the only young man in the area who covets the young lady
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Lorryn Woodward
Dec 12, 2016 Lorryn Woodward rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, 2016-read
I thought about DNFing so many times and it's only 80 pages.
Alicia
Oct 13, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such fun short stories to read for our October book club! Irving's writing is so entertaining...

Quotes from Rip Van Winkle:
“A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.”

“A curtain lecture is worth all the sermons in the world for teaching the virtues of patience and long-suffering. A termagant wife may, therefore, in some respects, be considered a tolerable blessing; and if so, Rip Van Winkle was thrice blessed.”

"Rip Van Win
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Riccardo Mainetti
Due storie misteriose. La raccolta si apre con la storia intitolata, prendendo spunto dal nome del protagonista principale, "Rip Van Winkle". Rip Van Winkle è un uomo buono, sovente maltrattato da una moglie irascibile, che non esita mai ad aiutare coloro che si trovino in difficoltà ma che si rifiuta, con una tenacia ed un'ostinazione che hanno dell'incredibile, ad occuparsi dei propri affari privati. Questo in quanto Rip Van Winkle è fermamente convinto che il suo terreno sia il più improdutti ...more
Alysia
I read "Strange Men of the Mountains". I thought this was a good book. This was a fairly short story other than an actual lengthy story. I liked this story, well because of the fact it was really short. And it was also kind of humorous. Like Rip Van Winkles wife always nags on him, points her fingers at him. And he just goes to the Catskill Mountains with a keg of beer and drinks, he even takes his dog, Wolf. Wolf and him are always together, it's a mans best friend. Rip Van Winkle will often g ...more
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is, without a doubt, the most famous ghost story in all the world. Mention the name of Ichabod Crane to just about anyone, and you will most likely get a tale of the headless horseman, in one form or another. I think this is the first time I’ve heard the story in its original form, and I am very glad to have heard it. Washington Irving has a writing style that is at once beautiful and plain. It reminds me a lot of Mark Twain’s style. Maybe that should be the other w ...more
Mike
Aug 27, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not be deceived into thinking that, because we were children when we first read these stories, that their appeal is limited only to youngsters. Washington Irving is a superb story-teller.

Reading this excerpt, I can't but compare Irving's "Rip", carrying his rather impotent fowling-piece (or Ichabod, who doesn't seem to own a gun at all), to Cooper's Natty Bumppo with his Longue Carabine, Rip shooting squirrels and Natty shooting an eagle (so far away it is nearly out of sight) out of the sky
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Ichabod Ogilvy
Jul 07, 2013 Ichabod Ogilvy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIP VAN WINKLE by Washington Irving - five stars. I've always been drawn to Rip's unintentional Messianic complex: 'In a word, Rip was ready to attend to anybody’s business but his own; but as to doing family duty, and keeping his farm in order, he found it impossible.'

Megalomaniacs and people with delusions of grandeur must suffer a lot more that Rip. When they wake up to reality, these swellheads find big nobodies in the mirror.

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving - five stars alth
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Local library

I picked up a few copies of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the library because my daughter had to read it for her AP English class. I chose a few copies because I wasn’t sure which one she’d want to read and of the four I read the one with Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. My husband decided to read one of the others and my daughter chose yet another. The boys read the last copy, so all the books got some reading love.

The copy I read is from 1967. It is a large print
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Mallory
Feb 03, 2016 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Takano Mayu
1.penguin readers,level1
2.45min
3.ghost, strange, eerie, disappear, farmer, popular, person
4a.There are two stories and both is strange story. One is about farmer, he was popular person in the town but he was drunkard and not working. One day, he was scolded by his wife about it, and he went to forest near his house and stayed all night. In the forest, there were a lot of men, and they drunk with silent. Then, farmer fell asleep. When he woke up, it spend twenty years!! The other story is about y
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Jeneé
I think almost everyone has heard about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle but it took me apparently until my mid twenties to actually read it. And I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes you go to read a classic book like that this, that everyone knows the story of, more or less, and it's disappointing and hard to read. I found that to be true with both Dracula and Frankenstein. But this was not disappointing, I find that I really enjoyed Irving Washington's writing style very much an ...more
Egija
Jan 10, 2015 Egija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No wonder that the story has various screen adaptations. Up-to-date stories from this are live today, like Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999), TV Shows (Are You Afraid of the Dark on Nickeldon, etc.). The protagonist Ichanod Crane is a good person who is a schoolteacher and singing-master who loves to hear stories of supernational happenings in the settlement. The conflict arises between beautiful Katrina Van Tassel to who he falls in love and Abraham Van Brunt who also wants her. For the revenge ...more
Jupiter394
Oct 22, 2012 Jupiter394 rated it really liked it
I was looking for some short books to read to help me meet my reading goals this year and this fit the bill. I have never read or seen movies of any of these tales, except for maybe a cartoon version.

These are two stories just as you'd expect. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery and yet how unlikable Irving makes most of the characters. In Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane is really just a gluttonous gold digger, out to take the family farm and sell it for all he can
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Ash Ryan
If you're like me, you basically know these stories from the many retellings of them in various media, but never actually got around to reading the originals written by Washington Irving. I finally did, and found it well worth doing. Irving is a fine writer, and puts in many details that make these stories much more vivid than in any other version I've heard and bring them to life. They also give fascinating glimpses into early American life, as when Rip Van Winkle declares his allegiance to Kin ...more
Susie
Sep 28, 2014 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
Vaguely knowing what each of these stories is about is definitely not the same thing as reading them.

Loved these for their old timey descriptions of New Amsterdam, the "Kaatskill" mountains, "the Tappaan Zee…motionless and glassy" - corroborating with my friend Erin's theory that where NYC is, used to be the most beautiful place in the world. But, did not expect to read about mute elves who go bowling or the town frat boy, "Brom Brom".

Also did not expect to need to reference my dictionary quit
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Allen S.
summary for sleepy hollow: Ichabod crane was a school master but he didn't know what was in store for him.he went to a party and get rejected by his one true love and he went home but on his way home he ran into the headless horseman. but after that night no one saw him again.

summary for rip van winkle:rip van winkle had a yelling wife so he went up to Catskill mountain and fell asleep and it was 20 years later after waking up.

main characters for rip van winkle:rip van winkle and Mrs. winkle.

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Ian
Nov 04, 2014 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel because of how it aroused interest, as well as confusion, throughout the book. I think the author did a great job revealing clues that told the reader a lot, but nothing at the same time. For example, in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow when Ichabod Crane reached the church's bridge, the headless horseman threw his head at him. The next day a pumpkin was found smashed on the ground in the same spot. Was the pumpkin the headless horseman's head, or was it just a pumpkin? Ei ...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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