Washington Irving and a Long Nap

Most people would associate Washington Irving with the thrilling tale of Ichabod Crane, that hapless schoolmaster, and the Headless Horseman. He is also the author of the story of Rip Van Winkle, which has a darker, more political theme. The first edition of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. was released on June 23, 1819, and it featured the story. It involves some mystical events involving Henry Hudson, strong alcohol, nine-pin bowling, and a really, really long nap–during which the world changed.

Interestingly enough, too, Henry Hudson and some members of his crew were put off their ship in an act of mutiny in June of 1611–thus stranding them, as the legend goes, in the Catskills of what would become New York.

If you have not read the story (or if you want to revisit it) you can find it here.



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