Searching for the Headless Horseman

by Rachel Baker on October 31, 2014

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Washington Irving, under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon, gave America one of its earliest monsters in his 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Although the Headless Horseman doesn’t show up until the very end, he has nonetheless become a part of our culture. Children know about the Horseman chasing Ichabod Crane on horseback, and the story has been used through the years, most recently in the Fox TV drama, Sleepy Hollow. When you take a ride up to the quaint village of Sleep Hollow in Westchester County—a short trip from New York City—the locals have no problem celebrating their tie to Irving’s famous story. Yet the Horseman, maybe not too surprisingly, is not American in either his own background or the story itself.

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