We’ve all felt the creepy crawling fingers of fear tickle up our spines. Most likely, we’ve all read or seen adaptations of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. What is it about this story that makes it a classic? The simple fact is Irving speaks to that part of us that fears and loves that bit of fear. This is considered a folktale, taking us to a time in American history so vividly that we feel a part of that world. Irving engages all of the senses in his descriptions like this one:
Announcer: You have heard "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" written by Washington Irving. It was first published in eighteen twenty. Listen next week to the Voice of America for another AMERICAN STORY in Special English.
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Todays story is called "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It is about something strange that happed long ago in a valley called "Sleepy Hollow". It was written by Washington Irving. The story is told by Doug Johnson.
Washington Irving published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1819-1820, but the story is considered to take place in the 1790s. Although not much of the original story seems to have been brought into the upcoming TV-series, the fact remains that the Ichabod Crane, who reacted to the amount of Starbucks on each block, is a man who lived during the eighteenth century. Him being able to relate to the concept of Starbucks is therefore not a surprise.