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Here are two favorite stories by "the father of American literature" exactly as Washington Irving wrote them, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with six handsome new illustrations. Once again in these pages, Ichabod Crane, the hapless schoolmaster of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and the henpecked husband of "Rip Van Winkle" rise Here are two favorite stories by "the father of American literature" exactly as Washington Irving wrote them, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with six handsome new illustrations. Once again in these pages, Ichabod Crane, the hapless schoolmaster of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and the henpecked husband of "Rip Van Winkle" rises from a 20-year sleep to find a world vastly changed. Children and adults alike will enjoy the humor and suspense of these two beloved classics of American literature.


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Here are two favorite stories by "the father of American literature" exactly as Washington Irving wrote them, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with six handsome new illustrations. Once again in these pages, Ichabod Crane, the hapless schoolmaster of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and the henpecked husband of "Rip Van Winkle" rise Here are two favorite stories by "the father of American literature" exactly as Washington Irving wrote them, newly reset in easy-to-read type, with six handsome new illustrations. Once again in these pages, Ichabod Crane, the hapless schoolmaster of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," faces the terror of the Headless Horseman, and the henpecked husband of "Rip Van Winkle" rises from a 20-year sleep to find a world vastly changed. Children and adults alike will enjoy the humor and suspense of these two beloved classics of American literature.

30 review for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Xueting

    Read only several stories here, Rip van winkle and Sleepy Hollow for school, then two or three others for fun. I love the passion Irving has for the land, nature, the community and folktales - it's contagious in his writing. I also love how much he made me laugh unexpectedly. Read only several stories here, Rip van winkle and Sleepy Hollow for school, then two or three others for fun. I love the passion Irving has for the land, nature, the community and folktales - it's contagious in his writing. I also love how much he made me laugh unexpectedly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joana Veríssimo

    These short stories were so good and so interesting, and I really enjoyed seeing some of the familiar touches and reading the stories I never knew as well (Read for the Reading Rush, and the challenges purple on the cover and title longer that 5 words :) It was suppose to be for book to movie adaptation, but I was not in the mood to watch the movie, so no challenge)

  3. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    Not only do readers get great stories, but this collection also includes great illustrations. These stories have been told and retold through the ages, but nothing beats the originals from the mind of a master.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marija

    Rip Van Winkle - 2.5☆ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - 4☆ The Spectre Bridegroom: a Traveller's Tale - 3.5☆ The Pride of the Village - 3.5☆ Mountjoy: or some Passages out of the Life of a Castel Builder - 3☆ Rip Van Winkle - 2.5☆ The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - 4☆ The Spectre Bridegroom: a Traveller's Tale - 3.5☆ The Pride of the Village - 3.5☆ Mountjoy: or some Passages out of the Life of a Castel Builder - 3☆

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tonia

    How have I not read anything of his before? I loved reading Sleepy Hollow and I never realized Rip Van Winkle only ever fell asleep for 20 years and that half the story is about escaping a nagging wife. Kind of funny. His sketches are well worded and I can feel my vocabulary increasing (yeah!) while still being amused.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marina Morais

    Things were going smooth. Though I wasn't particularly enjoying the writing, I was ready to give this book 4 stars on account of it having inspired the (much better) adaptations of "Sleepy Hollow" - which probably wasn't even a fair system to adopt. Anyway, a little further down the line, I knew I had to be honest and rate it 3 stars because Mr Irving's style was too obvious and his short stories lacked substance, not to mention the constant mention to female fragility. And then came Mountjoy. Wh Things were going smooth. Though I wasn't particularly enjoying the writing, I was ready to give this book 4 stars on account of it having inspired the (much better) adaptations of "Sleepy Hollow" - which probably wasn't even a fair system to adopt. Anyway, a little further down the line, I knew I had to be honest and rate it 3 stars because Mr Irving's style was too obvious and his short stories lacked substance, not to mention the constant mention to female fragility. And then came Mountjoy. What a piece of shit. If Mr Collins from "Pride and Prejudice" were ever to write a story, this would be it. The first-person narration is the most condescending garbage you will ever come upon. The misogyny is so blatant all you want to do is slap the protagonist in the face and yell: "DO YOU EVEN LIFT, BRO? You and me, outside, now!" As for the other stories, well, "Rip van Winkle" is about falling asleep and suddenly waking up many decades later. "Sleepy Hollow" is disappointingly simple, Tim Burton's film adaptation having much more substance in terms of story. "The Spectre's Bridegroom" is okay. "The Pride of the Village" is quite dull. I was expecting a collection of horror tales, but this is definitely not it. More like a collection of horrible tales. Good luck.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    Certainly a tale of its time with its description of life in the early years of America. The Legend of Sleepy Hallow is a story told by a true storyteller the narrative is so well done it imerses the reader into this story without any Dialogue from the characters a very good read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Cox

    Some of these stories are classics, yet the racist language is striking. The stories are rooted in a time in New England captivated by the occult, and this theme persists through all stories. I'm struck by the inconsequential details thrown in, that serve to add credibility. Some of these stories are classics, yet the racist language is striking. The stories are rooted in a time in New England captivated by the occult, and this theme persists through all stories. I'm struck by the inconsequential details thrown in, that serve to add credibility.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Good eerie fun. Good adventurous fun. Excellently crafted short stories. Refrshing, in a way, to come back to the originals.

  10. 5 out of 5

    mo

    * 2.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Le Petit

    A cute collection of three tales: The legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle and Golden Dreams. The book comes with black and white illustrations as well. The legend of Sleepy Hollow follows a school teacher with a taste for ghost stories and food, who encounters the headless horseman one dark night after losing the affections of a girl he was courting. Whether the horseman got him or he simply chose to leave the village nobody knows, all that remained at the scene was a grazing horse, a shatte A cute collection of three tales: The legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle and Golden Dreams. The book comes with black and white illustrations as well. The legend of Sleepy Hollow follows a school teacher with a taste for ghost stories and food, who encounters the headless horseman one dark night after losing the affections of a girl he was courting. Whether the horseman got him or he simply chose to leave the village nobody knows, all that remained at the scene was a grazing horse, a shattered saddle, his battered hat and a smashed pumpkin. Rip Van Winkle follows the story of an idle yet kindly man with a temperamental wife who one day encounters a group of strange men solemnly playing ninepins on a mountain and drinking a strange drink. Choosing to partake in the drinking he soon falls into a deep sleep only to wake up twenty years later, finding his home completely changed and his children fully grown. Golden dreams is about a man with gold lust, living in a place where people speak of buried treasure he decides to go in search of some himself as he is a simple cabbage farmer and thus quite poor. This leads him to unexpected situations with a mysterious pirate alas in the end that same land where he grew his cabbages gives him the wealth he was searching for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    A story is only as good as its telling, and Washington Irving is indeed a Master Storyteller. Not consistently, but that has the virtue of making his classic stories shine ever more brightly. "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" are classics. With vivid main characters and rich,descriptive language they are a sheer indulgence of Wordsmanship. The other three stories are enjoyable enough but really their best purpose is in accentuating the brilliance of the former two. The Wordsworth Clas A story is only as good as its telling, and Washington Irving is indeed a Master Storyteller. Not consistently, but that has the virtue of making his classic stories shine ever more brightly. "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" are classics. With vivid main characters and rich,descriptive language they are a sheer indulgence of Wordsmanship. The other three stories are enjoyable enough but really their best purpose is in accentuating the brilliance of the former two. The Wordsworth Classic paperback has as well the Master Illustrator Arthur Rackham whose sketches of Rip van Winkle and Ichabod Crane especially MUST be the definitive versions and stand for ALL Time. As a diversionary sidetrack and escape from the Heavy Highway of Culture and Thought, these are no less Masterpieces and 'Musts' for becoming a fully-rounded educated and happy reader.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This is not the text I got while in grad school, but it contains three of Irving's three most famous short stories. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is my all time favorite! It also scared my kids when I read it to them. Its descriptive narrative is superb! "Rip van Winkle" is really a tale of the petticoat government of England and its death grip on the Colonies. "The Spectre Bridegroom" is my second favorite Irving tale. Irving loves to describe long lists of items in all of his works, and the ones This is not the text I got while in grad school, but it contains three of Irving's three most famous short stories. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is my all time favorite! It also scared my kids when I read it to them. Its descriptive narrative is superb! "Rip van Winkle" is really a tale of the petticoat government of England and its death grip on the Colonies. "The Spectre Bridegroom" is my second favorite Irving tale. Irving loves to describe long lists of items in all of his works, and the ones about food are really outstanding. If one looks at drawings of Irving, you can tell his love of food finally got the best of him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nils Samuels

    really just the two stories are known, the rest is more like travelogue narrative. But these two stories really are smart and pitched not to kids at all. Both tell versions of coming to terms with a changing world, agrarian vs. educated, pre-Independence and post. "Sleepy Hollow" especially matches American ideas of material self-sufficiency against inherited European trumpeting of high culture. really just the two stories are known, the rest is more like travelogue narrative. But these two stories really are smart and pitched not to kids at all. Both tell versions of coming to terms with a changing world, agrarian vs. educated, pre-Independence and post. "Sleepy Hollow" especially matches American ideas of material self-sufficiency against inherited European trumpeting of high culture.

  15. 4 out of 5

    j_karlovska

    4.5* First of all, I'm not a huge fan of classics. But it was one of my bookish resolutions for this year to read more of them. It helps that I simply love these Wordsworth Classics Editions! I choose Washington Irving mainly because of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I was little bit ashamed, that I never read it but in the end, I much more enjoyed his other stories! This format of short stories helped me to read this whole book. And I'm surprise how much I liked it. 4.5* First of all, I'm not a huge fan of classics. But it was one of my bookish resolutions for this year to read more of them. It helps that I simply love these Wordsworth Classics Editions! I choose Washington Irving mainly because of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I was little bit ashamed, that I never read it but in the end, I much more enjoyed his other stories! This format of short stories helped me to read this whole book. And I'm surprise how much I liked it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alan Pongratz

    Washington Irving seems to have truly enjoyed being one of those really descriptive writers... and often, it really seemed as if he was spending more time working the prose than the story. Overall, this is a pretty decent read with two well known and mostly beloved tales; it is good to pull back and digest a classic every now and again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kierstin

    Of the many short stories in this single book, I read the three that Irving is best known for (to me): Rip Van Winkle, Westminster Abbey, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. So I kind of cheated when I say that I read the entire book. They make for a very spooky and enjoyable bedtime read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I adore both these stories. Washington Irving is a funny guy. They are quick reads and the language is beautiful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Sleepy Hollow is where its at, the others just didn't grab me. But as creepy goes, this one is a classic. Sleepy Hollow is where its at, the others just didn't grab me. But as creepy goes, this one is a classic.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raimund

    Definitely a 5 star. I like romantic writers and Washington's reflections are deep and thought provoking. Definitely a 5 star. I like romantic writers and Washington's reflections are deep and thought provoking.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I liked the main stories (Rip Van Winkle, Sleepy Hollow, Spectre Bridegroom) but the little works, excluding the one on Westminster Abbey, were too dull to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Childress

    Loved this. American fairy tales at their best.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Nichols

    I truly only loved a couple of tales in this little collection and that's why it only gets 2 out of 5 possible stars from me. I truly only loved a couple of tales in this little collection and that's why it only gets 2 out of 5 possible stars from me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Reem Libya

    amusing..

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Great short stories. Not the typical stories of modern writers that require quick dramatic twists and suprises. Just enjoyable reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maartje

    3.5 stars. I loved one of the stories (can't remember the title) and enjoyed the other three. I was disappointed by the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was nothing like what I had expected... 3.5 stars. I loved one of the stories (can't remember the title) and enjoyed the other three. I was disappointed by the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was nothing like what I had expected...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    I really liked the stories in this with the exception of Mountjoy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jovana Iv

    "Rip van Winkle" and "The Spectre Bridegroom" were excellent but I liked most "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". All reminded me of childhood. :D "Rip van Winkle" and "The Spectre Bridegroom" were excellent but I liked most "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". All reminded me of childhood. :D

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Ranged from 1 star for The Devil and Tom Walker to 5 stars for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Beach

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving (1968)

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