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Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley (American Legends) Paperback – July 21, 2011

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"Kruk has been enchanting audiences with his dramatic, enticing storytelling ability for 20 years." --Suzanne Rothberg, Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch

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Performing Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow hundreds of times every October since 1996, revealed more of the iconic headless horseman to me.  People find the galloping Hessian compelling after 190 years.  This keen interest and my own fascination with the lore of the Hudson River inspired me to write the book.
I discovered where and how the Hessian lost his head.  I found direct borrowing Irving made from German literature and a diabolical idea taken from the Bard of Scotland Robert Burns. The real story lies in unique Dutch-American custom.
The story of the first spell cast over Sleepy Hollow begins with ancient Native lore, has a link to Henry Hudson, and grows with help from prejudice against witchcraft.  Further, other ghosts of note inhabit the region. Major Andre, (Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator) though hanged in Old Tappan NJ, haunts Sleepy Hollow.  The White Lady wailing before storms actually is a layer of several spirits reaching back to pagan Europe. 
There's much more than accounts of local lore in this book.  It's history, scholarship, folktales and a tracing of the most plausible route of the famed chase of Ichabod Crane by the headless horseman.  It's full of informed tales only a real storyteller from the area would know.

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  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1596297980
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1596297982
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : The History Press (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: : English
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