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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  50,280 ratings  ·  596 reviews
In The Sketch-Book (1820-21), Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. In two sketches, he experiments with tales transplanted from Europe, thereby creating the first classic American short stories, Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new editio ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published 1819)
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Rick Hunter Sleepy Hollow is the first tale of 13 in my book, but it is only 24 pages long. It seems the same book has been published with different covers. I…moreSleepy Hollow is the first tale of 13 in my book, but it is only 24 pages long. It seems the same book has been published with different covers. I have found three different ones already with the same title.(less)

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Nayra.Hassan
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
مع موجة البرد الممتزجة بالتراب تحولت مصر الى هذا الوادي النعسان
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اما هناك في" الوادي النعسان" حيث الكل يمشون في حالة حلم يقظة مستمر..يؤمنون بكل الخوارق ..هنا تطير النيازك و تسقط النجوم
ولكن تظل الروح المسيطرة على سليبي هولو هو شبح بلا رأس
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يمتطي حصانا. .باحثا للابد عن رأسه
..و بين الأسماء الهولندية الثقيلة و الطباع الريفية الخبيثة..و في جو رومانسي مشوب بالاستغلال ..نتعرف على ايشابود كرين المدرس و الناظر لمدرسة الوادي الذي يقع صريع ثراء و جمال كاترينا فان تاسل..

و تدور احداث النوفيلا الصغيرة في طريق
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Roy Lotz
Prose writers are voluminous and unwieldy; their pages crowded with commonplaces, and their thoughts expanded into tediousness.

I am a child of Sleepy Hollow, New York, and I have lived in Irving’s shadow almost as long as I can remember.

Every Halloween, this town is inundated with tourists, who come to wander around the lovely old cemetery where the legend is set, and where Irving himself is buried. Behind my house is where they put on the “haunted hayride.” I went every year as a kid. A picku
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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
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Trish
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was about 14 years old I went to the first slumber party of my life at a school friends'. It was Halloween and the large living room was greatly decorated (which was gloriously exotic to me since Halloween, back then, was hardly known in Germany). I only remember one movie from that night; it was Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp. I remember lying on the carpet in front of the couch (no idea why we didn't sit or lie on the couch but whatever), covered by blankets and with lots of pillows aro ...more
Murat S. Dural
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok beğendim. Washington Irving yeni dünyanın kırsallarında eski Avrupa'nın karanlık unsurlarını çok güzel sergiliyor. Dilinden, kurgusundan neredeyse Poe kadar keyif aldım. Gotik seviyorsanız kaçırmayın :)
Jennifer
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016, fiction
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Macabre Tales is a collection of short stories by Washington Irving. I liked some stories better than others, but overall I’m giving the book 4 stars. The review that follows is only for the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" – 4*

"[T]here is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just murmur enough to lull
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Mohammed Atef
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصص جميلة وممتعة، وبعضها يحمل رسائل أخلاقية
Robin Bonne
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Halloween classic. Irving was a bit of a windy fellow, but I enjoyed the stories nonetheless.
Cori Reed
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories! I didn't love The Devil and Tom Walker, but all the others were spooky fun that I really enjoyed reading the source material of!
Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)
*3.5*

For once I actually prefer the movie over the book. Don't get me wrong, the language is very lush and evocative, but the constant narration and lack of dialogue was a little hard to get behind. Also, Book Ichabod is such a douchelord. I much prefer Johnny Depp Ichabod.

I'll include more thoughts in my Ominous October wrap up video.
Robert
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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Dan Porter
The stories (Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, etc.) are all good. Everyone should read Irving's stories. The travel essays, on the other hand, were nothing but snooze-worthy. They were so bad and so numerous that they overbalanced the stories for me and threw my overall rating of the book to only two stars.
Matt
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Washington Irving was one of the writers who provided a literary voice to America after the American Revolution. Imagine being in his position as a writer - American publishers (before copyright laws) reprinted English literary works with no royalty payments to the authors, and sold them to the American public very cheaply. An American writer like Irving not only had to combat this, but he also had to make himself a name in the English critical circles in order to get American readers to read an ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
Ugh to the ugh, this was wretched. I know that I'm not a fan of classics for the most part (I don't enjoy the writing style) but I thought this would be a perfect Spookathon and Halloween time read. I was so epically wrong. I read Sleepy Hollow (which I was most excited for) and 23 fo the 27 pages was pure drool fest boring backstory and 4 pages---4 stinking pages were the actual covered bridge/headless horseman/spook and even those were so far from spooky. I wanted it to be so much more than wh ...more
Lollita
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sleepy hollow was only 29 pages but I liked it, a little different than I was expecting. The other 32 stories were okay, a few i didn't really care for much, some I rather liked. The author goes off on alot of tangents in a few stories which seemed weird as none are longer than about 30 pages, but they are all beautifully written.
Cheryl
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
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Kimberly
The reason I read this book was for the title, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. For that story, I give a full five stars--the prose, imagery, and even the ending which gives you pause--causing you to second guess what might otherwise seem to be the "obvious" conclusion.

As for the other tales, many I remembered reading years before, but there were some that were completely new to me. However good those may have been, individually, nothing stands out quite as much as SLEEPY HOLLOW.

Recommended.
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Puanım 3.5/5.
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N.T. Embe
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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. 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
Jeni
Average Rating for entire book: 3.33 stars. Some stories were better than others. Read on for an individual review of each story.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: I'm going to rate this story a 3.5, not quite a 4, but a little more than a 3.
He rode with short stirrups, which brought his knees nearly up to the pommel of the saddle; his sharp elbows stuck out like grasshoppers'; he carried his whip perpendicularly in his hand, like a sceptre, and as his horse jogged on, the motion of his arms was not
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Arwen56
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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)
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Damiana
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, rc-alphabet
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
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Bookworm
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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V H
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ran
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: loc-list, fiction
I'm pretty sure most Americans are familiar with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod Crane, schoolteacher trying to win the hand of local coquette Katrina Van Tassel over the local brute Brom Van Brunt (Brom Bones), runs into the ghostly apparition of the Headless Horseman (or Galloping Hessian) after a evening revel at the Van Tassel's home. It is presumed that Crane has been spirited away in the night, after his borrowed horse sans saddle and hat are found abandoned in the morning.

And perhap
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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.
Mimi
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Aaron Koelker
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.
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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 Sleepy
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