American Fiction 3.1

Henry David THOREAU - Walden

(Full-text version laid out in our favorite facing-page format, ready for printing out or reading on the computer screen. Does not have annotations. 279 kB, 234 pages, 59 photocopy) sheets)

The American text that stands the nearest to Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, yet not in an exotic location but in the splendor of New England. A celebration of virgin nature by a non-conventional writer who chose to take refuge midst of the woods, to meditate, read, write and lead a simple life.

Washington IRVING - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

(28 pages, 8 photocopy sheets)

If you want to learn more about this macabre story, here's a whole website about The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman. If you prefer reading this short story online, here's a nicely formatted version at Project Gutenberg.
A few interesting points and suggestions may be found in this lesson plan.

And if you liked Johnny Depp's impersonation of Ichabod Crane in Tim Burton's fabulous screen version of The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, here's the movie's presentation at the Internet Movie Database, or a fan site dedicated to Van Tassel (rather slow loading), or on Tim Burton Collective which even features a discussion forum on the film. More on the film's director here.

A brief bio of Washington Irving can be found at Bibliomania.

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