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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  43,946 ratings  ·  2,886 reviews
Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, came to Tarry Town in the glen of Sleepy Hollow to ply his trade in educating young minds. He was a gullible and excitable fellow, often so terrified by locals' stories of ghosts that he would hurry through the woods on his way home, singing to keep from hysterics. Until late one night, he finds that maybe they're not just stories. What is ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published 1820)
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Such heavy description, but still a good Halloween classic!
Matt
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
“I recollect that, when a stripling, my first exploit in squirrel-shooting was in a grove of tall walnut-trees that shades one side of the valley. I had wandered into it at noon time, when all nature is peculiarly quiet, and was startled by the roar of my own gun, as it broke the Sabbath stillness around, and was prolonged and reverberated by the angry echoes. If ever I should wish for a retreat, whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a ...more
Anne
What?! All this time I was feeling sorry for him and it turns out Ichabod Crane was a douchebag!

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Ok, this is my first time hearing the actual short story. So, I've been going off of movies and cartoons as my reference to what The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow was all about. And if you haven't read it, you may have some of the same preconceived notions that I did. Stop me if this doesn't sound familiar...

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Poor awkward Ichabod falls in love with the town beauty and she (because women are saints) likes
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I thought this story and I were Meant To Be.

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A few days before reading this, I read and reviewed Washington Irving's other famous story, Rip Van Winkle, and really enjoyed it. And then I read The Fold, which has this exchange between a high school student and his teacher in the first few pages:
“Ichabod Crane isn’t really the hero of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.”

“Explain.”

“He’s, like, the British. You told us that when you said we couldn’t just watch the TV show to learn the story. You said
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Candi
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little treasure was simply delightful! Quite honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it quite so much. I’ve seen the various movie adaptations over the years and figured there wasn’t really anything more to be gained by reading this short story. I was wrong – the eloquence of the written word brought the legend up to a whole other level for me.

Everyone is probably familiar with the tale of the Headless Horseman and the little valley of Sleepy Hollow, situated near the small town of Tarry Town,
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James
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I spent a few weeks every summer in the Catskill Mountains at a resort with my godparents, parents and grandparents. I used to walk around the forest, searching for the headless horsemen. The cottages we always stayed in were either "Rip Van Winkle" or "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Such good memories on the place and this book. Even before the movie, it launched my thirst for mystery and the hunt! And when they used this to make a few movies and then the TV show, I loved the whole concept. A ...more
Brina
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the old school classic read in catching up on classics for October 2016. I read an illustrated version of the Washington Irving's tale, which I finished in under an hour, and for which I rate three stars.

I was familiar with the story of the Headless Horseman, especially as it has been used in Harry Potter in the form of the ghost Nearly Headless Nick. Consequently, I was looking for an action packed story featuring the aforementioned headless horse. Even though
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PorshaJo
Fun read and a great way to kick off my month of Halloween reads. I know the story, watched countless movie versions of the story, but never actually read the book. Still didn't....I listed to this one via audio. A fun read, but I wanted more gothic, creepy-ness. I wanted more Headless Horseman.

The audio narration was wonderful! The narrator's voice had an edge of spookiness to it (a very good thing). Glad I read this one but yeah, I prefer the movie version 'Sleepy Hollow', which I watch
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Sid
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, 2019
Equal parts hilarious, creepy, classical and of course legendary!
A part of the story was included in our fourth grade course book,
I never understood what it meant.
Now had an amazing time reading it.
Specially the funny use of Headless Horseman!
Loved the ending!
Beverly
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A reread for me, quite a humdinger of a little story with the silly, scarecrow of a school teacher and his stupendous imagination getting the best of him and leaving the girl as a prize for his clever rival.
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)
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Lyn
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ichabod Crane goes for a wild ride.

Washington Irving first published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820. Besides being an iconic story and a fine example of early American literature, this is also a revealing historic illustration of life in the Dutch portions of early nineteenth century New York. We get to spend some time with the corpulent and satisfied Dutch farmers and glimpse early American culture.

Irving’s language is typical of narrative fiction from his time, but is also resplendent as
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Let's get the rotten parts out of the way first - the story has flaws. Painful to admit, but it's long-winded and rambling, too much focus and writing concentrates on irrelevant scenes and parts and character trails, drawing out the wrong things. Sometimes it's for clarity, at times for snuck-in humor, but just maybe it was either because the author was writing without pre-planning or trying to pad. Irregardless, pacing is inconsistent besides the strong beginning and unforgettable ending, so ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book isn't exactly "scary", conventionally speaking, nor is it cheerful like the cartoon Disney adaptation, but it's certainly atmospheric and serves also as a pioneering urban legend. There's an ever-present dark humour which makes this book a lot of fun, and Irving's vivid depictions of scenes and characters come to life in a very timeless way. Ichabod Crane's many vices for food and for the woman he harbours a thing for are certainly much more bold here than in any of the adaptational ...more
J.L.   Sutton
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It felt nostalgic to read Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow after many, many years. It was also fun to read some of the details that I'd forgotten about in this iconic story. There is definitely more to it than Ichabod Crane meeting his fate with the Headless Horseman. It might be worth a quick read for these reasons--it was for me--however, beyond that, the story didn't really do all that much for me.
Bradley
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-shelf, horror
I have to say that re-reading this as an adult is a much different and more wonderful experience than as a snot-nosed kid of 15. I was able to appreciate the nuances much more, enjoying just how established Mr. Crane could be as a realistic and sympathetic character, even if he was slightly foolish.

In other words, he felt real, I felt invested, and as any lover of horror knows, we must also feel superior to our victims before their inevitable and somewhat moralistic demise by supernatural or
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Apatt
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
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
Phrynne
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks Stephanie - your review led me to read this and I am so glad I did:) I suppose it is because I had my education in England that this book was not part of my school reading nor had I come across it since. So it was a first time read for me and it was delightful!
I always love stories written in this kind of old fashioned and extremely literate prose. The descriptions are just superb, especially the one of Ichabod Crane. At the end of that the reader knows exactly what he looked like to the
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Mackey
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here in Indiana (US) there is a town called Irvington that has absolutely no historic connection to Washington Irving at all but never-the-less each year produces a marvelous and quite large Halloween festival in his honor. It lasts a week and centers around the characters from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I decided it was time re-read the story to catch up on all things forgotten.

It's a simple tale really. A schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, is trying to woo a young woman from town and it angers
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Well, hello there, Mr. Ichabod Crane! I cannot believe I waited so long before meeting you.

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I really don't see the horror part in this classic. I found myself smiling throughout the entire story. And it was all Irving's fault. He's just so funny and charming.
There was no dialogue at all. I became aware of that at some point and wandered how come I still enjoyed it.

The ending fit the character perfectly. I would have not wanted it any other way.

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Jay Schutt
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A quick, fun read reminiscent of my fondest Halloween memories.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
I loved the narration of this story. Tom Mison (the actor from the Sleepy Hollow television show) narrates this book and I could seriously listen to his voice all day long. Unfortunately, I didn't liked the actual story as much as I thought I would. I really wish the story was a bit darker and less descriptive.

I would give the narration 5 stars and the story 3 stars so I'm going with 4 stars overall. I grabbed this audiobook for free from audible a while ago and it appears that it is no longer
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Jessaka
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
I finished this book just before going to bed last night, and I must say, it took me a while to get to sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about the headless horseman.

Then sometime in the middle of the night I heard a ringing, clicking sound on the metal footboard of my bed. I sat up with a startle, just as I saw the headless horseman on his horse leaping over my bed and out through the closed French doors into the backyard. I could not sleep for the remainder of the night or so I thought,
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Emma
A great short story! Ichabard Crane becomes a cautionary tale in Sleepy Hollow, but what really happened to him? Did his rival scare him off with a pumpkin or did the headless horseman get him?!
Ginger
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3 STARS!

I thought I would like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow more but that wasn't the case. This old tale of a headless rider was just okay in my opinion. I think my expectations were way to high!

A couple of things:

1. Washington Irving spent so much time describing Sleepy Hollow and the countryside that when the spook factor finally showed up in the last 1/3 of the book, it didn't really scare me.

2. I wasn't creeped out or scared at anytime while reading this. I still liked the concept of the
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Melissa  Jeanette
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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
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Kimberly Antill
So after reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, there are two things I feel like I know about Washington Irving. Number one: he is a very wordy man and Number two: he must have been very hungry when he wrote this book because he spent more time describing food than he did talking about the headless horseman. I'm glad I read this book but I don't think I would ever do a reread. However, I would happily make a sandwich and go watch the Tim Burton version of Sleepy Hollow, which I found to be way ...more
Jess (Primrose)
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: my only experience with the Headless Horseman has been the wonderful Disney short adaption of it I watched repeatedly (no joke on repeatedly) during my childhood and the Tim Burton version. The entire time I read this though, I kept seeing the Disney version in my head and marveling at how well they captured the caricature of the schoolmaster that Irving seemed to be portraying and I had no idea as a child.

Irving (who I'm now extremely interesting in researching more on his life
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Mario
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
I really wanted to like this story but it definitely wasn't my cup of tea. Honestly, I found the story boring. The author spent too much time on description, so the story was quite slow and it dragged. I was also really disappointed with the end. I expected that the ending will scare me at least a little but, but it didn't. The story ended pretty abruptly, and now that I've finished it, I'm glad it did. Even though this was a pretty short story, it sure felt like a long one.

Now I'm off to see
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Kimber
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
Ichabod Crane is a character greatly mocked by Irving on our first sight of him. He is quite ridiculous. There is never an apology for him (contrary to Disney's version we grew up with where you kind have pity). There is none of that: he is avaricious, greedy, selfish. Whereas the Van Tassels are benevolent people who work hard. Brom Bones truly loves Katrina, who has to watch her dance with silly Ichabod while he sits in his miserable jealousy. Crane is not smitten, he is lusting--for the Van ...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 Sleepy
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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.” 136 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.” 64 likes
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