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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the name of a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.[?], first published in 1819. The story is set in the Dutch settlement of Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, United States around the year 1787. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a priggish schoolmaster from Connecticut who is scared away from town by Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, his rival in love for the hand of eighteen-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, daughter of Baltus Van Tassel and a fifth-generation Dutch immigrant herself. The legend featured in the story is that of the Headless Horseman or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a canon-ball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War and who stalks Sleepy Hollow in search of a replacement head. The denouement of the fictional tale is set at the lower bridge in the real location of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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