Washington Irving was one of the most popular, internationally-recognized, American authors of the 19th century. He is famous for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
"All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely pre-ambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasent life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was — a woman."
— Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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