Washington Irving’s Shy Spirit


Staying the night in Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s “Tarrytown retreat,” Salon’s Elizabeth Bradley wonders why the “stories endure, [but] why they leave their author behind.” That is, why has “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” seeped into the American consciousness, but the writer of the tale has been relatively forgotten?

Alex Norcia is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in VICE, The Millions, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, Word Riot, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is an editor-at-large at The Offing. More from this author →