This little novella was much more fun than I remembered it being. Irving’s text is a brilliant example of that period’s style; while remaining humorous and a bit subversive.
I hadn’t remembered the ending correctly at all, probably because of the various cartoons throughout the years which have lost the true meaning of the story.
This is a fabulous Halloween read, and I recommend that everyone spend a few minutes with the spooky denizens of Old America.
Book is available in paperback, or can be downloaded free here in multiple formats. (Also available on google books as well as a host of free public domain book sites.)