Read & Co. Classics presents this brand new edition of Washington Irving’s Gothic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Originally published in 1820 as part of the collection, “The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon”, it tells the story of Ichabod Crane who visits the town of Sleepy Hollow, which is plagued by the ghost of a headless horseman. Acknowledged as one of the most iconic and gripping horror tales in American literature, it contributed to Irving’s reputation for dramatic flair and wit. Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, historian and diplomat. Although settling in New York, Irving studied in Europe where he developed his literary interests and later became one of the first American writers to earn influential and critical acclaim in Europe.