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Book: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Author: Washington Irving

 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Author: Washington Irving




THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
by Washington Irving

FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS
OF THE LATE DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER.


        A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,
          Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
        And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
          Forever flushing round a summer sky.
                                         CASTLE OF INDOLENCE.

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American writer, biographer, essayist, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which were published in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, 1819. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad. , as well as several 15th century events in Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the United States Ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.
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