Since I have lived in the Hudson Valley area most of my life, reading Washington Irving’s stories had special meaning for me. Though works of fiction, the places were very much real; you get a sense what life was like along the Hudson River during those halcyon days of a young nation.

Washington Irving was a great author — considered the first American man of letters and a not too shabby statesman — he is certainly one of my favorites. To that end, I pay homage by republishing two of his most celebrated stories: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.¬†Enjoy.