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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


Book Overview: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

When Ichabod Crane becomes the new schoolmaster of Sleepy Hollow, he quickly and happily adjusts to the local ways. He delights in the bountiful dinners he's served when visiting the prosperous farms of the region; he enjoys the local yarns and scary legends that fill the firelit evenings of autumn; and he comes to love the idea of marrying Katrina Van Tassel and of one day owning her father's wealth and lands. There's one problem with his plans, though: Brom Bones, the local hero, who decided long ago to wed Katrina himself. And now, to his annoyance, this pasty-faced bookworm named Ichabod is making a serious bid. This droll tale of romantic rivalry climaxes with the appearance of the Headless Horseman. The spirited narration by Glenn Close, radiant illustrations by Robert Van Nutt, and original music by Tim Story capture all the wit, fun, and shivers of this early American tale. In 1988 the audio was honored with a Grammy nomination in the category of best recording for children.

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Washington Irving is revered as one of America's earliest celebrated writers, noted for crafting tales that have captivated both American and international audiences for generations. Born in New York City on April 3, 1783, Irving observed firsthand the growth of America, and his work often reflected the changing times and whims of his nation. With a career spanning approximately four decades, he is best known for short stories like "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," masterpieces that combine an appreciation for folklore, satirical humor, and historical fiction. Irving published his first book, "Knickerbocker's History of New York," in 1809, providing a skewed and comical revisioning of his city's history. Following its success, he ventured across Europe, and during a stay in England composed the collection of stories and essays called "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." Among others, this collection included his now-iconic tales "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". These tales demonstrated Irving's prowess in molding American versions of Germanic folk stories and marked a significant step in developing a unique American literary tradition. Throughout his lifetime, Irving had a wide impact beyond his fiction. He served as a U.S. ambassador to Spain, nurtured a close yet competitive relationship with other notable literary figures such as Edgar Allan Poe, and his name graces numerous schools, libraries, and other public places. Washington Irving passed away on November 28, 1859, leaving behind a legacy as America's first internationally acclaimed author. Today, he remains a robust figure in American literature, his work a testament to his inventive storytelling and his profound insight into America's cultural fabric.

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