In Irving's great work, The Sketch Book, fictional historian Diedrich Knickerbocker introduces us to Rip van Winkle, the Dutch colonist who slept through the Revolutionary War; Ichabod Crane, the superstitious, social-climbing schoolmaster; and the pumpkin-topped Headless Horseman, ancestor to countless horror film antiheroes. In addition to 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle', The Sketch Booktouches on cultural and historical concerns that remain compelling, thanks to Irving's modern outlook and impressive foresight.This new edition, with an introduction from Elizabeth L. Bradley, demonstrates how inextricably Irving's writings are woven into the fabric of American culture - high and low.
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American writer of short stories, essays, and histories. His most well-known works, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' are enduring classics that were originally published in 1819 and 1820, respectively.Krista Madsen lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she is a consultant for the regional nonprofit Historic Hudson Valley, writes features for the Hudson Independent, records local oral histories, and runs the wordsmithery Sleepy Hollow, Ink. She is also the creator of #SleepyHollowShorts film festival and the author of the novels Degas Must Have Loved a Dancer and Four Corners.