la Légende du cavalier sans tête

Nouvelle Fantastique qui a inspiré le film de Tim Burton.

Auteur : Washington Irving
Traducteur : Alain Geoffroy

Titre original : The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Année de première publication : 1819

Éditions :

  • 2000, Mille et une Nuits n°267
  • 2008, FANG coll. PocketPress n°1

The story is set circa 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, only daughter of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head." Crane disappears from town, leaving Katrina to marry Brom Bones, who was "to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related."


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