Washington Irving (Library of Congress) Washington Irving (Library of Congress)

Washington Irving is hot in Hollywood! “Sleepy Hollow” (9 p.m. Mondays on Fox), based on the 19th-century author’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is the first new fall series renewed for a second season.

What would Irving make of the show? Using his real quotes, I present this interview.

In your story, Brom Bones disguises himself as a headless horseman to scare gawky romantic rival Ichabod Crane. In the show, Crane is a dashing Brit turned Revolutionary War soldier who springs to life in 2013, and the headless horseman is REALLY HEADLESS and a horseman of the apocalypse. Do you mind the changes?
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription moulders from the tablet; the statue falls from the pedestal.

What do you think of Lt. Mills, the lady cop? She’s one tough cookie.
Those disasters which break down the spirit of a man … seem to call forth all the energies of the softer sex.

There sure is a lot of decapitating on the show.
It seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief.