A History of New York

A History of New York

Paperback - 2008
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A satirical romp through New York history-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. But who was this Knickerbocker? Pure invention- the creation of Washington Irving to drum up interest in his first solo book, A History of New York .

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.

Introduction and Notes by ELIZABETH L. BRADLEY

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143105619
Characteristics: xxvii, 363 p. ; 20 cm.


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