Diedrich knickerbocker history of new york

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diedrich knickerbocker history of new york

Knickerbockers History of New York by Washington Irving

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. Knickerbockers purported manuscript, A History of New York, was Irvings own. Told from Knickerbockers point of view, A History of New York is a chronicle of New Yorks fifty years under Dutch rule in the 1600s that plays fast and loose with the facts, to uproarious effect. A History of New York propelled Irving to the heights of literary stardom.
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Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 2 - Washington Irving - Early Modern, Satire - 2/4

A History of New York

Originally intended as a burlesque of historiography and heroic styles of epic poetry, the work became more serious as the author proceeded. Diedrich Knickerbocker , the putative narrator, begins with a mock-pedantic cosmogony and proceeds to a history of New Netherlands, often ignoring or altering facts. A History of New York. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.

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He is a Dutch-American historian who is dressed in a specific type of baggy-kneed trousers which coined the eponym knickerbockers. The word knickerbocker is also used to refer to people who live in Manhattan. It was a satire of the politics of the day and history books. To promote the book he started a hoax by contacting various newspapers in New York City that "well-known Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker had disappeared from his hotel. Knickerbocker remained absent he would publish a manuscript that the man had left behind.

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