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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  40,815 ratings  ·  2,604 reviews
Headless horsemen were staples of Northern European storytelling, featuring in German, Irish (e.g. Dullahan), Scandinavian (e.g. the Wild Hunt) and English legends and were included in Robert Burns's "Tam o' Shanter" (1790), and Burger's Der wilde Jager, translated as The Wild Huntsman (1796). Usually viewed as omens of ill-fortune for those who chose to disregard their ap ...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!
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
Pull up a chair and have seat. Do you want a drink? Please, I insist. I’ve been drinking for hours. As you can see, I have a fire going in the fireplace, to ward off the chill of a winter you can already sense around the corner. It is dark outside the window. The nights come fast as the days shorten. The wind is howling. That is the wind – right? Its shriek sounds almost alive, almost human. Here, have another drink. Scoot closer to the fire. I want to tell you a terrifying story.

The 2016 elect
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I thought this story and I were Meant To Be.


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’.”


“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 th
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,
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 th
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 every
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) R
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 must-r ...more
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
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 so ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2016-shelf
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 nef
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.
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 th
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
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
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Well, hello there, Mr. Ichabod Crane! I cannot believe I waited so long before meeting you.


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.

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 f
3.5 star rating

A classic short story about a village's urban legend, the Headless Horsemen.

I first encountered this story when I was a child. It was a classic animated film. Do children watch this movie anymore?

Anyways, this young school teacher tries to impress a young woman, so he can have the luxuries of life. Oddly, I felt like this man was my kindred spirit. He seemed more impressed with the food than the mistress he was trying to pursue. It was an Alex moment, and I was starving by the e
Siempre quise leer esta corta historia de Washington Irving (1783-1859), uno de los precursores de la literatura norteamericana y considerado como el primer escritor de best-sellers americano.
Si bien estuvo a la sombra de los grandes pioneros literarios norteamericanos como Poe, Hawthorne o Melville, supo granjearse la fama de excelente escritor a partir de novelas y cuentos como éste y Rip Van Winkle o su volumen “Cuentos de la Alhambra” en el que recuerda su paso por España.
“La leyenda del jin
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 co
Great writing but mediocre Gothic story. I could see myself enjoying this more around fall/winter time or during Halloween.
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 a
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 t
Ashley Daviau
I’ve seen a few film adaptations of this story and I think I went into it expecting it to be too much like those and it left me feeling a little bit disappointed. I felt like it just lacked some OOMPH to really get me interested.

I also found the story really loaded down with long, unnecessary descriptions and really slow to start. I found it really only picked up in the last quarter of the book, that’s when I started to get into it and before I knew it, it was over!

I did still enjoy the story
Simona Bartolotta
Read for my Anglo-American literatures course. I also re-watched the Disney short film, of course.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 ⭐


Este es el tipo de libro que debería venir con una alerta en la portada que diga “no pierdas tu tiempo, mira la película que es mejor”.

Me ha parecido aburrido, y se me ha hecho cuesta arriba terminarlo, a pesar de ser tan corto.

En mi mente, lo tenía catalogado como de terror, y lo único que me ha dado es gracia, por lo de la calabaza. 😕

No superó mis expectativas. No lo recomiendo. 👎🏻
First of all, this right here is the most cruel thing an author has ever done to his/her character:
"He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snip nose, so that it looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way t
Many a year since I had read this one and I found I liked it better than I had remembered. Who wouldn't appreciate the descriptive powers of Washington Irving:

On all sides he beheld vast store of apples; some hanging in oppressive opulence on the trees; some gathered into baskets and barrels for the market; others heaped up in rich piles for the cider-press. Father on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cake

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
Sue K H
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the Classics group short story read for October. I thought I knew this story, but I didn't. It wasn't the least bit familiar. There wasn't much about the headless horseman, although he does become prominent in the end.

This is a story about a beloved school teacher who thoroughly enjoys his simple life, yet gets caught up in trying to change his status when a rich women of the town gives him romantic attention.

The story is really about how various hobgoblins can take us off of our steady
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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
“I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.” 131 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.” 61 likes
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