THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND OTHER STORIES by Washington Irving, Introduction by S.T. Joshi. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press; 2009. 1st hardcover edition thus.
This volume is the first to assemble all of Washington Irving's short stories in the supernatural genre, and the impressive array of work on offer makes Irving a worthy pioneer of the American weird tradition.
Perhaps best known for two tales steeped in early American legendry, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', Washington Irving emerges as the most distinguished American writer in the genre of the period following the early Gothic novels of 1764-1820 to Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840s.
Born in New York in 1783, the young Irving practiced law and travelled widely in Europe, where many of his stories are set. Taking up journalism and then fiction, Irving remained devoted to his own country and was knowledgeable about the legends of the early Dutch settlers and Native Americans of the New York area. He was thus able to imbue the American weird story with its own supernatural milieu. The scope of Irving's weird writing is thus impressively wide-ranging, and it is, until now, only its scattered nature that has robbed him of the credit he deserves.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a sewn hardback book of 404+ xi pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. Limited to 300 copies.
Publication: 25th September 2009.
Contents: Introduction by S.T. Joshi, From The Sketch Book: 'Rip Van Winkle', 'The Spectre Bridegroom', 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. From Bracebridge Hall: 'The Historian', 'The Haunted House', 'Dolph Heyliger', 'The Storm-Ship'. From Tales of a Traveller: Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman: 'The Great Unknown' (a preface), 'The Hunting-Dinner', 'The Adventure of My Uncle', 'The Adventure of My Aunt, 'The Bold Dragoon; or, The Adventure of My Grandfather', 'The Adventure of the German Student', 'The Adventure of the Mysterious Picture', 'The Adventure of the Mysterious Stranger', 'The Story of the Young Italian'. The Money-Diggers: 'Hell Gate', 'Kidd the Pirate', 'The Devil and Tom Walker', 'Wolfert Webber; or, Golden Dreams', 'Adventure of the Black Fisherman'. Legends of The Alhambra: 'The Mysterious Chambers' 'The Adventure of the Mason', 'Legend of the Arabian Astrologer', 'Legend of Prince Ahmed Al Kamel', 'Legend of the Moor's Legacy', 'Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra', 'Governor Manco and the Soldier', 'Legend of the Two Discreet Statues', 'Legend of Don Munio Sancho de Hinojosa', 'The Legend of the Enchanted Soldier'. From Heath's Book of Beauty: 'The Haunted Ship'. Wolfert's Roost: 'Wolfert's Roost', 'The Grand Prior of Minorca', 'Guests from Gibbet Island', 'Don Juan: A Spectral Research', 'Legend of the Engulphed Convent', 'The Phantom Island'. 'Bibliography' by Richard Dalby.
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