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Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Author: Washington Irving
Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam, 1864.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This illustrated volume of The Legend of Sleep Hollow provides a vibrant experience for readers of this classic horror work. The story relates the tale of Ichabod Crane, a lean, lanky and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
New York, G.P. Putnam, 1864
(DLC) 25028288
(OCoLC)13772318
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Washington Irving
OCLC Number: 769156322
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (50 pages) illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: From "The sketch-book" of Washington Irving. Illustrated with original designs by Huntington, Kensett, Darley [etc.].

Abstract:

This illustrated volume of The Legend of Sleep Hollow provides a vibrant experience for readers of this classic horror work. The story relates the tale of Ichabod Crane, a lean, lanky and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. Crane, a Yankee and an outsider, sees marriage to Katrina as a means of procuring Van Tassel's extravagant wealth. Bones, the local hero, vies with Ichabod for Katrina's hand, exacting a series of pranks on the jittery schoolmaster, and the fate of Sleepy Hollow's fortune weighs in the balance for some time. The tension between the three is soon brought to a head. One night, the ambitious Crane attends a harvest party at the Van Tassels' homestead. He dances, partakes in the feast and listens to ghostly legends told by Brom and the locals, but his true aim is to propose to Katrina after the guests leave. His intentions, however, are ill-fated. After having failed to secure Katrina's hand, Ichabod rides home "heavy-hearted and crestfallen" through the woods between Van Tassel's farmstead and the Sleepy Hollow settlement. As he passes several purportedly haunted spots, his active imagination is engorged by the ghost stories told at Baltus' harvest party. After nervously passing under a lightning-stricken tulip tree purportedly haunted by the ghost of British spy Major André, Ichabod encounters a cloaked rider at an intersection in a menacing swamp. Unsettled by his fellow traveler's eerie size and silence, the teacher is horrified to discover that his companion's head is not on his shoulders, but on his saddle. This character has famously become known as the Headless Horseman, and acts as an early representation of the undead.

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