Why did Washington Irving write "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

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While some controversy still exists over whether Irving is the creator of the basic storyline of "Sleepy Hollow," his purpose in writing the story in the manner that he did is original to him.

First, Irving was part of the Early American Literature movement which sought to establish America as a place with a culture and identity of it own away from European...

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