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SLEEPY HOLLOW

SLEEPY HOLLOW lies about three-quarters of a mile north of Tarrytown, New York, and is famous for both its old Dutch church (1699) and for its association with the writings of Washington Irving. The area was named for a narrow ravine through which flows the Pocantico River. Sleepy Hollow is the site of Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the "headless horseman." Irving first visited the Sleepy Hollow region in his youth, and after his death, he was buried in the cemetery behind the Dutch church. Romantic memories of Sleepy Hollow recur in Irving's essays (for example, Wolfert's Roost) and attain their most complete and delightful expression in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," originally published in The Sketch Book in 1819.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Antelyes, Peter. Tales of Adventurous Enterprise: Washington Irving and the Poetics of Western Expansion. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.

Myers, Andrew B., ed. The Knickerbocker Tradition: Washington Irving's New York. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Sleepy Hollow Restorations, 1974.

Stanley T.Williams/h. s.

See alsoLiterature ; New York State .

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Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving's Sketch Book (1820), a name given to a place with a soporific atmosphere or characterized by torpidity (from the name of a valley near Tarrytown (Irving's home) in Westchester county, New York State).

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