What Do I Read Next?
Rip Van Winkle’’ (1819) is the second of the two stories for which Irving is famous today. Rip Van Winkle wanders off into the Catskill mountains to escape his wife's nagging, plays ninepins with a group of dwarfs, and sleeps for twenty years.
‘The Spectre Bridegroom, A Traveller's Tale’’ (1819) is another story from Irving's Sketch Book. A young girl is loved by two men, one from her own rural area and one from a faraway city. Although it is set in Germany, this story of competition, pranks and the supernatural is instructively like and unlike ' 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’’
The Life of Washington Irving (1935) by Stanley T. Williams is a two-volume biography, notable for its thoroughness and for the strong sense Stanley creates of thoroughly disliking his subject.
Davy Crockett's Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834) is a collection of tall tales, many of them about Crockett himself but also including stories of other rugged outdoorsmen outsmarting Eastern men from the cities.
''The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg'' (1900) is a humorous tale by Mark Twain. A stranger uncovers the secret corruption of smalltown America by promising unearned wealth to some of Hadleyburg's important citizens.
The Dark Way: Stories from the Spirit World (1990), edited by Virginia Hamilton, contains twenty-five stories from Italy, Kenya, Russia, the United States and other countries, featuring the exploits of witches, devils, and tricksters.