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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Published: 1820
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,114 / 41 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.2
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 17,868
mnybks.net#: 3862
Origin: gutenberg.org
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lins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him. He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!

But if there was a pleasure in all this, while snugly cuddling in the chimney corner of a chamber that was all of a ruddy glow from the crackling wood fire, and where, of course, no spectre dared to show its face, it was dearly purchased by the terrors of his subsequent walk homewards. What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night! With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ra

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****
2013.08.12
Carl Heerwagen
****.

Very interesting book but too short for my tastes. The cartoons leave much to be desired and the book has more detail on the character and his interactions with the people of Sleepy Hollow. The language for the period is hard to read.

2010.12.15
Pax Long
*****

A short story which was extremely important to American Literature, Irving is arguably one of the first American authors to write just for fun, short stories for fun at that.

This is an interesting story, forget the movie or the cartoon and enjoy what Irving intended for you to read.

2006.07.27
Rommel
***..

Nothing alike the movie. Movie is way better, guess just took motifs from this book. The book is very small and not quite something.


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