The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon
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One of the first truly American books—and the birthplace of the Headless Horseman.
The famous Headless Horseman goes on his terrifying ride in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, an 1820 collection of Washington Irving’s writing that manage to be both spooky and whimsical. Inhabiting the charming persona of his pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, Irving spins tales and crafts essays in vivid prose. At the heart of this collection is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the classic story of a love triangle that ends with a terrifying chase through dark woods. Providing contrast to the menacing Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow is “Rip van Winkle,” the tale of a mischievous man looking for a way to avoid his work and his nagging wife. The rest of the short stories and essays in the collection offer their own delights that make this book—one of the foundational works of truly American literature—a must-read.
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THE SKETCH-BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
"I have no wife nor children, good or bad, to provide for. A mere spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play their parts; which, methinks, are diversely presented unto me, as from a common theatre or ...
Reviewed by AlamedaRobby on Apr 14, 2009
Geoffrey Crayon delightful short stort read
Washington Irving has written a delightful work. Had it delivered in the 'daily short read' offered by DailyLit. Came in 134 installments and I'm sad to find that passed so quickly.
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