The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Criticism

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Most early readers of The Sketch Book praised the volume for its humor and its graceful descriptive writing, but did not single out "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for special attention. Francis Jeffrey, in an 1820 review in Edinburgh Review, did note that the legend, along with "Rip Van Winkle," was among only five or six pieces in the collection of thirty-five that relates "to subjects at all connected with America. . . . The rest relate entirely to England." But other than pointing out its existence, he had nothing to say about the story. Jeffrey was clearly delighted with the collection, and astonished that Irving was able to produce it: "It is the work of an American, entirely bred and trained in that country. . . . Now, the most remarkable thing in a work so circumstanced certainly is, that it should be written throughout with the greatest care and accuracy, and worked up...

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