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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

120 ratings, 16 reviews

Perhaps the basis for every Scooby Doo episode ever made, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a story by Washington Irving, published pseudonymously in "The Sketch Book Geoffrey Crayon" in 1820. The story features Ichabod Crane, a scrawny and superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut. The unruly Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt and he vie for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of a rich farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel crib he is set upon by the Headless Horseman, the ghost of an American Revolutionary War vet who had his head blown off by a cannon ball. Ichabod mysteriously disappears and Katrina and Brom Bones get hitched. What ever happened to Ichabod Crane?

A masterpiece of American horror fiction, Sleepy Hollow is thrilling and beautifully written, and its unresolved ending leaves the reader eager for more. One can read it for light entertainment, or dissect it for the underlying context of a changing society in early America. Either way, it's still as spooky as it was almost 200 years ago.

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Lauren Vb

June 28, 2014

This book is mysterious and thrilling, but you have to plod through lots of descriptions before you get to the climax with the headless horseman, which only lasts a few pages.


Heather Burrell

May 06, 2014

Awesome story


Isiah Gayler

January 31, 2014



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November 27, 2013



Samuel Hunt

November 25, 2013

A wonderful little read!


Garrett Morris

November 21, 2013



Jared Hodges

November 18, 2013

One if my favorite short stories to read in Autumn.


Alyssa Glen

November 15, 2013



Jared Gill

October 03, 2013

On small print two collumens it is only 22 pages long an not a bad book at all 1 of the best sofar


Lee Fallin

September 23, 2013

I love this book


Reymond Riod

May 06, 2013

I agree with brycee


Brycee Behrends

October 23, 2012

Real slow start and too short a climax. I need more excitment!


Cheyenne Cox

May 31, 2012

Hey wat about the guy in chapter 4 when he went to bed it never said wat happened to him.


Alex Fabiano

May 25, 2012

I'm sitting next to you to. :D


Alyssa Wilkinson

April 13, 2012

I loved it I rate it 5 stars


Suzy Rodriguez

September 14, 2011

This was a good book. Ver visual, but mainly talks of characters, not much about the headless horseman