The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Critical Essay by Albert J. von Frank

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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Critical Essay by Albert J. von Frank

SOURCE: “The Man that Corrupted Sleepy Hollow,” in Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 15, No. 2, Autumn, 1987, pp. 129-43.

In the following essay, Frank describes Ichabod Crane as a morally destructive force that enters Sleepy Hollow.

Washington Irving's reputation as a genial writer—as, indeed, America's most genial writer—has been firmly established for a century and a half, despite general agreement that his most enduring works are satires. Knickerbocker's History maintains its good humor largely by making its narrator appear foolish, but it is harder to say what keeps “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from seemingly overtly caustic, since in the portrait of Ichabod Crane Irving comes rather closer than in the History to adopting the controlling assumption of Augustan satire that the ridiculous and the evil...

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