49 tales and sketches by Irving, published in 1822 under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Resembling its predecessor, The Sketch Book, the collection includes stories with English, French, and Spanish settings, but is chiefly remembered for “Dolph Heyliger” and its sequel, “The Storm-Ship,” which recount the adventures of a New York lad who undertakes to discredit the legend of a haunted house, but encounters its ghost and recovers a fabulous buried treasure, as well as marrying an heiress. Americanized versions of the Flying Dutchman theme are presented in “The Storm-Ship,” and other stories in the volume are also based on European folklore.
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Washington Irving (1783—1859) American writer