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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  17,585 ratings  ·  1,092 reviews
A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Boyds Mills Press (first published 1820)
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Melki
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 huge...tracts of land are priceless.

Reading this story has given me a new appreciation for Irving. My goals now are:

1) Read
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Melissa  Jeanette
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
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Ronyell
Sleepy

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 that no one will e
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Monique
Reading this classic short story by Washington Irvin really, truly 'cleansed the palate', as some book reviewers would put it. After reading mainly contemporary fiction, it was a breath of fresh air to read a classic piece of literature.

Some years ago, I saw the film adaptation of this book by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp (who else? Say “Tim Burton” and the next name should be “Johnny Depp”) in the lead role of Ichabod Crane. Although the writers of the movie took certain liberties with respect
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Apatt
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, just ...more
Gary
Yes, I've seen the cartoon versions of this story....I have not seen the Johnny Depp movie, which this friend keeps telling me I need to see......

I read a simplified version, picture book to my students for 31 years of teaching,and they loved it.

Then I realized I'd not actually read the original Irving story.....so using www.gutenberg.org I downloaded it onto my Nook,and read the whole thing this past evening.....the story was very familiar, of course, but the language Irving used...the way he t
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Gavin
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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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
2.5

My first exposure to the story was the Disney cartoon version, which I always enjoyed as a kid.

And then there was Burton's version, which I knew differed from the story, but I didn't really know how or to what extent, since I'd never read the story.

And so when I came across it while browsing free downloads from amazon, I decided to get it.

It was a quick read, being so short, but there were also a few places where I skimmed, as the author went into great detail about the types of trees he was
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Nicole
Rating: 3.5

I'll be honest, the reason I ever downloaded this, my first audiobook, is entirely because of its narrator: Tom Mison. While I do not watch the Sleepy Hollow TV show, I found myself swooning for Mr. Mison after watching him in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Let me tell you that his narrative voice is just as dreamy as he is on screen. The story itself was very different than I expected, having only been exposed to the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow. There was a lot of food and flo
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Stela
Passable, at best. An example of dubious American romanticism with just a bit of moralistic touch.
Anyway, now I know that almost all names of main characters in Sleepy Hollow series are taken from this short story, even though not the story itself.

Nice ring, the name of Ichabod Crane, but that's about all. The plot, the style are mediocre, the irony, as can be seen in the quote below, of an arguable quality:

"...he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works
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Roger
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María
WTF did I just read?!
pinknantucket
In case you were wondering, this book bears very little resemblance to the recent movie of the same name – there is a headless horseman in the book, and many of the characters’ names are the same, but that’s about it. There are no wicked stepmothers, no crazy witches, no secret Wills, no bizarre dreams about long-dead parents, no magical symbols drawn on the floor, no autopsies and not much of a love story. Also, the hero isn’t anywhere as good-looking as Johnny Depp, but then dentistry wasn’t a ...more
Bryan Ball
I have always been fascinated by, and loved, the ghost story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Since childhood, I loved everything I had seen about the tale on TV, in the Disney animated version, in children's novel adaptations. But I had never read the original source material of Washington Irving's story.

Irving's tale-- part of a larger work "Sketchbook"-- has everything one could want for a pastoral, autumnal work of the small town tale, fable and ghost story. Ichabod and the dro
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Brenda
He who wins a thousand common hearts is therefore entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette is indeed a hero.

Oh Ichabod...



I hate you, Brom Bones!

Barbara
Nov 04, 2007 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I thought this would be a great addition for the Children's Book Club to read, if they wanted. It seemed an appropriate choice for the October meeting along with the Hugo Cabret book.

I'll be re-reading it and will hopefully apply some of the missing portion of my memory to it. I love the story but this time I plan to enjoy the Arthur Rackham illustrations.

This is still such a great classic. The kids in the book club who read it all loved it. I'm glad. It's a really terrific read with a wonderful
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Carol
Always wanted to read this classic tale of Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod Crane and it didn't disappoint except that it is just too short. Loved it though.
Charbel
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow did not appeal to me. Perhaps it's the fact that the horror element was saved till the end, or maybe that there was unnecessary focus on details that contributed nothing to the story, or simply that I had high expectations for it, but I was rather disappointed by it.
However, credit must be given to Irving for choosing a "classic horror" ending, one of speculation and uncertainty regarding the fate of the hero, and for telling the relatively insipid story in a sophi
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Kristen Jorgensen
This is great. If you are the kind of person that reads Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" every Christmas then you should probably read Washington Irving’s "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at Halloween. I think I will anyway. I was inspired to read it because of Disney’s fun cartoon of the tale. One of the things I liked about the Disney version was the beautiful wording throughout the film. Well I found all my favorite phrases in the book itself. Disney’s version is pretty accurate I am pleased ...more
Amy
Gorgeous writing! I love it when authors describe landscape--- Irving is king of this--- especially when said landscape influences every aspect of life, including one's thoughts (one of my fav topics). The food passages were AMAZING too. Perfect fall time read! I think that my reading experience this time around was greatly bolstered by Tom Mison's PERFECT narration. He could talk about garbage and make it sound beautiful...sigh.
Wart Hill
4.5 rounded up because Tom Mison
Stephen
Long ago in a quiet part of the north country near Hudson Bay lived a superstitious and gangly schoolteacher whose amorous affections for a local heiress threw him headlong into trouble. The man's name? Ichabod Crane, and if that name sounds familar to you, so might the Tale of the Headless Horseman. Though I've been familar with Crane, the Horseman, and name "Sleepy Hollow" since childhood, I have never read the story. It's a short story, a fantasy-horror tale with a comic main character in a b ...more
Paige
Fall is here--it's a dry & sunny 83 degrees. I used to think this was a pretty warm temperature but that was before I moved to Chico--honestly I'm sitting on my porch in long underwear and considering going inside for socks because my feet are quite cold. It's really very nice and fall is my favorite season here, so I wanted to do some seasonal reading. Since I a) am not very familiar with this story, and b) could get it for free at Gutenberg, I decided to go ahead and read it.

If I were rati
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SeriouslyJerome
If I had read this at any other time of the year, I would have classified it as one of those stories, with too many words... Not that it's a long story - it's rather short - but it's long on detail. I'm impatient like that. But something about Autumn turns me a little more quixotic, a little more romantic, a little more responsive to descriptive language. Indeed, I was thankful that I was reading it on my phone with the Kindle app, so I could click on one of the many $10 words, & easily view ...more
Nibra Tee
It was foolish of me to expect that this would be identical to the morbid Tim Burton film. Ah, well.

I still have no clue who the narrator is for he hardly talks about himself, or maybe he does(?) I just didn't care for I was too engaged reading about his detailed descriptions of ducks, pigs, food, trees, the bullfrogs with guttural cries, etc etc (note sarcasm).

The story is set in a sleepy town where the folks have no interest more engaging than spinning ghost stories. Of all theses tales, howe
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Michael
Eine mit grossem Wortwitz erzählte augenzwinkernde Geschichte über Einfalt und Aberglauben auf dem Lande, die übrigens nur in Punkto des kopflosen Reiters als Filmvorlage von Burton genutzt wurde. Fast rührend hier die Selbsttäuschungen, derer sich das Schulmeisterlein hingibt, wenn es um die Liebe geht. Fast könnte es einer der zahlreichen shakespearschen Helden sein, die die Liebesblindheit zum Esel macht.
Hat mir so gut gefallen, dass ich mehr von Washington Irving lesen möchte.
Megan
As much as I love to read... and as much as I love this story... I grew up watching the Disney cartoon, and the actual story always seems to pale in comparison :(

Reread 10/11/11 The trees are beautiful, the pumpkins set out, apple cider in the fridge & so the hubby and I decided to get into the season by reading this out loud to each other. As always it is the imagery from Disney which is stuck in my head. Those folks definitely got it right when they animated poor old Ichabod Crane. Once ag
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Anna
"it is a favorite story often told about the neighborhood round the winter evening fire."
― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

This well-known classic story is just amazing!

I found an e-version of it and realized it has been forever since I read it last, and I am so glad I had the chance to read it now!
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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.

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“I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.” 99 likes
“ All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely pre-ambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasent life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was - a woman.” 40 likes
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