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`There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies infecting all the land.'
Featuring `The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and `Rip Van Winkle', this collection of inspired essays, stories and sketches established Washington Irving's reputation as one of America's foremost authors. Irving's timeless characters, including Ichabod Crane, Rip Van Winkle and the headless Hessian trooper, jostle for space alongside 31 equally atmospheric and lyrical works in this haunting anthology from one of America's most distinctive literary voices.
American author, diplomat and man of letters Washington Irving is revered for his short story writing - `The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and `Rip Van Winkle' being his most well-loved. He gained International acclaim for his best-selling stories and was one of the first authors of his time to achieve this popularity abroad and sustain a career as a writer.