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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the children of the region. This lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut fancies the idea of marrying the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy farmer, but there is a problem with his plan. Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, has already set his heart on marrying her.

This romantic rivalry climaxes one autumn night with the appearance of the legendary Headless Horseman, allegedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Every night he rides through the woods to the scene of the battle in search of his head.

Since this story's first appearance in 1820, generations of readers, young and old, have thrilled to the headless horseman galloping through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow. The rollicking tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated courtship of Katrina Van Tassel has become a classic ghost story.

In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the children of the region. This lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut fancies the idea of marrying the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy farmer, but there is a problem with his plan. Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, has already set his heart on marrying her.

This romantic rivalry climaxes one autumn night with the appearance of the legendary Headless Horseman, allegedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Every night he rides through the woods to the scene of the battle in search of his head.

Since this story's first appearance in 1820, generations of readers, young and old, have thrilled to the headless horseman galloping through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow. The rollicking tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated courtship of Katrina Van Tassel has become a classic ghost story.

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  • Washinton Irving (1783–1859) was an American essayist, novelist, and historian. The first American author to achieve international fame, his literary career served in many ways to consolidate the cultures of the United States and Europe.

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  • AudioFile Magazine This full-cast adaptation of Irving's classic story, about a persnickety schoolteacher's encounter with a spectral headless horseman, is clearly a labor of love. The music is excellent and mostly well placed, and sound effects are effectively done. Unfortunately, the acting doesn't always measure up. Lincoln Clark is good as Icabod Crane, but most of the other players overact, those portraying Katrina and Brom all the time, the latter painfully. Even the narration is over the top, delivered in an affected, pseudo-cultured accent. Still, the program has some spooky effects and passages. It might serve best as an adjunct to the story in the classroom. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Anthony Heald transforms this classic story by Washington Irving into an enduring work of art, worth hearing many times. He deploys Irving's use of literary devices--alliteration and onomatopoeia--to skillful effect in the building of the characters and suspense. Heald employs American Theater Standard speech to render an aged patina the 1822 story deserves. As he employs the author's words to paint the images of the few dramatis personae, one can appreciate the days gone by when authors spent great energy in making their principals come into the imagination's focus. Using the familiar device of two suitors courting the same girl, Irving chooses every word to build the tension that leads to the terrifying chase by the renowned headless horseman. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 2, 1996
    THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW Washington Irving, illus. by Michael Garland. Boyds Mills, $8.95 ISBN 1-56397-605-6. Full-page oil paintings illustrate this unabridged edition of the classic spine-tingler. All ages.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 1, 1987
    Mystery, suspense, legend, romance and humor can all be found in Wolkstein's fine retelling of Washington Irving's classic folktale. Through the gluttonous Ichabod Crane and the devilish prankster Bron Bones, children are transported into a foul nightmare: being chased by a headless horseman who's searching a shadowy forest for his lost head. Wolkstein weaves reality and imagination with simple, eloquent sentences. Alley's graphic watercolors skillfully portray both the humorous Icabod with his pointed nose and long feet, and the gothic underworld of the haunted forest where even the horses become demonic. Ages 6-9.

  • AudioFile Magazine Airing on NPR, the "Tales of American Masters" series is the one-man band of producer/reader/composer Winifred Phillips. In it she reads classic short stories underscored by her own synthesized music and sound effects. Durkin Hayes is releasing individual stories from the series one at a time. Phillips's crystalline soprano trips lightly on the ear but is not particularly expressive. The artistry with which she combines her voice with background elements gives her productions distinction. In this version of Washington Irving's evergreen, all the wit and humor come from the music, which makes for an enjoyable, undemanding listen. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
  • Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature "[This story's] unprecedented success allowed Irving to devote himself to a career as a professional author."
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