October 16: Washington Irving

October 16: Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 16: Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy, happy Friday, Cobblers!

To celebrate the end of the work week/beginning of the weekend, let’s take a look at Washington Irving‘s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Irving’s Links

The Smithsonian Magazine features an article connecting the story to the medical epidemic of the time in which Irving wrote the story: “What ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics.” Here’s a quick excerpt: “In truth, the ancestry of Irving’s Headless Horseman is not so easily traced — Sir Walter Scott deserves some credit for the hellish equestrian, too — but knowledgeable readers can find Irving’s own youthful experience of plague written upon every “bewitched” surface of the fictional village of Sleepy Hollow.

The New York Times published a piece about the history of the area that inspired “Legend..”: “Where the Headless Horseman Lost His Head: Exploring Washington Irving’s Hudson Valley Haunts.”

That’s it for today, my friends. Go out and enjoy your Friday!


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