From Inside The Pages

I bought my copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories by Washington Irving a few years ago after realizing that in all the years that I’ve heard of the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, that I have never read the actual story. It seems to me that most of the stories I, and very likely most of today’s youth, know a lot of classic stories/ novels even though I haven’t read many of them. I bought the book to fix that issue. I have bought many books to remedy this issue. Some I have read, many I still need to get to. One day, maybe after I finish the book I’m almost finished with now, I’ll read the story. It is almost that time of year for this story to be talked about anyway.
Aside from just getting knowledge of what the story is like, I gained more knowledge that, to me, is even more interesting. For years I have traveled down from Upstate New York to The City. Along the way on the other side of the Tappan Zee Bridge is an exit sign for Tarrytown and the surrounding area. I’ve always thought to myself “That’s so cool, it’s a real place. I want to go there someday.” What I now know from the purchase of this book is that Sleep Hollow was once (up until 1996) North Tarrytown. The book came with a newspaper clipping telling of the name change from North Tarrytown to the once fictional historical name Sleepyhollow. It’s another example of how buying a second hand book can teach you more that the book itself has to tell. history is within every book whether the information was intended to be told by the author, or by the book’s history. 

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