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"The favorite story of the Dutch settlement of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is an ominous ghost story. A headless horseman is waiting for belated travelers. Ikabod Crane, who believes in everything beyond, cares for Katharina Van Tassel, the blonde beauty, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, Baltus van Tassel. Late in the autumn night, when the superstitious bridegroom was returning from a party in the bride's house, he began to be haunted by the same ghost, searching at night for his lost head in battle. Since then, no one has seen Ikabod Crane. The beautiful Katarina Van Tassel married Abraham Van Brant, who with all his appearance makes it clear that he knows the secret of the missing Ikabod. Washington Irving is also famous for such stories as «„Rip Van Winkle“», «„The Devil and Tom Walker“», «„The Adventure of the German Student“», «„Tales of the Alhambra“» etc."
""«Rip Van Winkle»" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving, first published in 1819. It follows a Dutch-American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. Irving wrote it while living in Birmingham, England, as part of the collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The story is set in New York's Catskill Mountains, but Irving later admitted, «„When I wrote the story, I had never been on the Catskills.“» ""Rip Van Winkle"" is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War in a village at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains where Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch-American villager, lives. One autumn day, Van Winkle wanders into the mountains with his dog Wolf to escape his wife's nagging. He hears his name called out and sees a man wearing antiquated Dutch clothing; he is carrying a keg up the mountain and requires help. Together, the men and Wolf proceed to a hollow in which Rip discovers the source of thunderous noises: a group of ornately dressed, silent, bearded men who are playing nine-pins. Among the most significant works Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Tales of a Traveller, Bracebridge Hall, The Devil and Tom Walker, Kidd the Pirate, The Alhambra, Woolfert's Roost & The Crayon Papers."
For a while, the famous writer Irving Washington was an employee of the American diplomatic mission in Spain. He spent three months in the famous Alhambra Palace. This acquaintance with the historical relic inspired him to write this book. In addition to historical descriptions and essays the book contains many magnificent legends that have become loved by millions of readers. By the way, Irving's work is still called the Alhambra guidebook.
"Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories «„Rip Van Winkle“» (1819) and «„The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“» (1820), both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad and George Washington, as well as several histories of 15th-century Spain that deal with subjects such as Alhambra, Christopher Columbus and the Moors. The collection includes the following works Washington Irving are The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Tales of the Alhambra."