Knickerbocker's History of New York

Knickerbocker's History of New York

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by Washington Irving
     
 

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Knickerbocker's History of New York is a satire on self-important local history and contemporary politics. Prior to its publication, Irving started a hoax akin to today's viral marketing campaigns; he placed a series of missing person adverts in New York newspapers seeking information on Diedrich Knickerbocker, a crusty Dutch historian who had allegedly gone

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Knickerbocker's History of New York is a satire on self-important local history and contemporary politics. Prior to its publication, Irving started a hoax akin to today's viral marketing campaigns; he placed a series of missing person adverts in New York newspapers seeking information on Diedrich Knickerbocker, a crusty Dutch historian who had allegedly gone missing from his hotel in New York City. As part of the ruse, Irving placed a notice—allegedly from the hotel's proprietor—informing readers that if Mr. Knickerbocker failed to return to the hotel to pay his bill, he would publish a manuscript Knickerbocker had left behind.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940018984900
Publisher:
New York Putnam
Publication date:
08/30/2016
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
354 KB

Meet the Author

Using the pseudonym "Diedrich Knickerbocker," Washington Irving (1783-1859) published this satire at the start of a career that would produce such classics as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. When the twenty-six-year-old lawyer published this humorous blend of history and fantasy, it immediately established his reputation as an American literary celebrity.

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