Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Classic of the Month: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Many may know Mr. Ichabod Crane from movies, television, festivals, songs, musicals, or even Broadway shows, his debut came in 1820 in a short story collection written by Washington Irving. The Headless Horseman, Crane, and Irving are all at their most popular during Halloween, and it is for that reason that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is our October Classic of the Month!

Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, came to Tarrytown in the glen of Sleepy Hollow to ply his trade in educating young minds. He was a gullible and excitable fellow, often so terrified by locals' stories of ghosts that he would hurry through the woods on his way home, singing to keep from hysterics.

Among these stories was the legend of the Galloping Hessian, the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Readers of all ages will enjoy this classic American short story about courtship, rivalry, and ghosts. 

About the Author
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was born in New York City to Scottish immigrant parents. Considered by some the "Father of American Literature," Irving is best known for his short stories, including "Rip Van Winkle," but he also produced an extensive bibliography of essays, poems, travel books, and biographies.

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