A History of New York

A History of New York by Washington Irving


ISBN
9780143105619
Published
Released
01 / 08 / 2011
Binding
Paperback
Pages
400
Dimensions
133 x 199 x 23mm

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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