In a secluded Dutch settlement in New York, two men vie for the hand of a wealthy farmer's daughter. Ichabod Crane, the superstitious schoolmaster is one of those men. One night, when walking home from the farmer's house, Ichabod is chased by the Headless Horseman, who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head".
Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the earliest examples of American literature...
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon is the compilation of 34 short stories and essays by Washington Irving. It includes some of his most famous stories, such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, and was one of the first works of American fiction to become popular in Britain and Europe. The tone of the stories varies widely, and they are held together by the powerful charm of their narrator, Geoffrey Crayon.
In this delightful volume of essays and tales, Washington Irving describes the holiday traditions of England and how they were imported into the then-young United States. Whether during the holiday season or any time of the year, Old Christmas is a charming and thought-provoking read.
Today, author Washington Irving is best remembered for the iconic tales The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. However, Irving also produced a number of well-regarded works of history and biography. This brilliant volume combines fact and fiction, offering a satirical—and often imagined—history of New York from the perspective of make-believe Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker.
Written in 1831, Washington Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and of the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the most romantic and entertaining travelogues ever written of this region in Spain.
Enhanced here with exquisite Spanish guitar music, the narrative is a heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions,...