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Edna Cooke – Illustrations for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1924

Little is known about Edna Cooke. I stumbled upon this book in a used bookstore and found the illustrations enticing.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a gothic story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was first published in 1820. Along with Irving’s companion piece “Rip Van Winkle”, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball in battle.

Presenting Edna Cooke’s illustrations for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. First published by J.B. Lippincott Co, Philadelphia, 1924.

Edna Cooke – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 1924

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