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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 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.

Synopsis:

Exploring the quintessential symbol of American enterprise and energy, this compelling, single-volume history takes on the New York of myth and offers an original analysis of how it actually developed into a global city. 60 photos and maps.

Synopsis:

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.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143105619
Author:
Irving, Washington
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Bradley, Elizabeth L.
Introduction:
Bradley, Elizabeth L.
Author:
Bradley, Elizabeth L.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
History
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) History.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.76x5.10x.73 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Synopsis" by , Exploring the quintessential symbol of American enterprise and energy, this compelling, single-volume history takes on the New York of myth and offers an original analysis of how it actually developed into a global city. 60 photos and maps.
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

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