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    A History of New York

    By: Washington Irving

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    ISBN
    9780143105619
    Date Released
    01 / 08 / 2011
    Binding
    Paperback
    Pages
    400
    Dimensions
    129 x 198 x 0mm

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    Description
    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

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