A Knickerbocker's History of New York

A Knickerbocker's History of New York

by Diedrich Knickerbocker, James Daugherty
     
 

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For the bicentennial of its original publication-the first full-length book from the father of the American short story

In 1809, New Yorkers were buzzing about a series of classified ads concerning the whereabouts of Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker. They were unaware that Washington Irving had invented the man entirely and placed the ads

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Overview

For the bicentennial of its original publication-the first full-length book from the father of the American short story

In 1809, New Yorkers were buzzing about a series of classified ads concerning the whereabouts of Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker. They were unaware that Washington Irving had invented the man entirely and placed the ads himself. Knickerbocker's purported manuscript, A History of New York, was Irving's own. Told from Knickerbocker's point of view, A History of New York is a chronicle of New York's fifty years under Dutch rule in the 1600s that plays fast and loose with the facts, to uproarious effect. Irving's good-humored spoofing had staying power, and his satire provided the city with its first self-portrait. A History of New York propelled Irving to the heights of literary stardom and even made a little history of its own: New Yorkers are called Knickerbockers to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804462914
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1983
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
62.50(w) x 87.50(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Washington Irving (1783- 1859), the father of the American short story, is best known today for his tales of the Hudson River region, including the iconic "Rip Van Winkle"and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Elizabeth L.Bradley is deputy director of the Dorothy Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.

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