The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was written by Irving as well as Rip Van Winkle. Irving was a full time writer and made a living from this. First American recognized in Europe for his writing. Irving wrote Rip Van Winkle while living in Europe. Irving was also a lawyer. After hearing all this information on Irving the opinion that I have about him is that he must have been very creative and imaginative because his life does not seem like it would fill into a life living with a family of lawyers. He seemed to have such an influence on not only America but Europe and back in the days when he lived this was rare.
I started to thinking about The Wife and wondered if it was based on a real life happening. With all the travels and social networking that Irving was subjected to I wonder if this really didn't happen.