Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 1

Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)

Washington Irving, an author, biographer, historian, and diplomat, completed his first major work, a satire of contemporary local history and politics entitled A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker in 1809. Prior to its publication, Irving started a promotional hoax (not unlike some modern-day publicity stunts?) by placing fake missing persons advertisements in local newspapers asking for help in locating Diedrich Knickerbocker. As a continuation of the hoax, Irving also published a notice purported to be written by the proprietor of the hotel where Knickbocker was staying, in which he threatened to publish a manuscript “left behind” by Knickerbocker if the hotel bill was not paid. From “The Author’s Apology”: “The main object of my work, in fact, had a bearing wide from the sober aim of history, but one which, I trust, will meet with some indulgence from poetic minds. It was to embody the traditions of our city in an amusing form; to illustrate its local humors, customs and peculiarities; to clothe home scenes and places and familiar names with those imaginative and whimsical associations so seldom met with in our new country, but which live like charms and spells about the cities of the old world, binding the heart of the native inhabitant to his home.” - (Summary by lubee930 from the text and adapted from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Satire, Early Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Larry Wilson
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Play 02 The Author's Apology Larry Wilson
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Play 03 Notices Larry Wilson
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Play 04 Account of the Author Larry Wilson
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Play 05 To the Public Larry Wilson
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Play 06 Book I, Chapter I Maria Kasper
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Play 07 Book I, Chapter II Maria Kasper
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Play 08 Book I, Chapter III Maria Kasper
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Play 09 Book I, Chapter IV Maria Kasper
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Play 10 Book I, Chapter V Maria Kasper
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Play 11 Book II, Chapter I Maria Kasper
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Play 12 Book II, Chapter II Maria Kasper
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Play 13 Book II, Chapter III Maria Kasper
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Play 14 Book II, Chapter IV Maria Kasper
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Play 15 Book II, Chapter V Maria Kasper
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Play 16 Book II, Chapter VI Greg Giordano
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Play 17 Book II, Chapter VII Greg Giordano
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Play 18 Book II, Chapter VIII Greg Giordano
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Play 19 Book II, Chapter IX Greg Giordano
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Play 20 Book III, Chapter I Maria Kasper
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Play 21 Book III, Chapter II Maria Kasper
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Play 22 Book III, Chapter III Maria Kasper
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Play 23 Book III, Chapter IV Maria Kasper
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Play 24 Book III, Chapter V Maria Kasper
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Play 25 Book III, Chapter VI Greg Giordano
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Play 26 Book III, Chapter VII Greg Giordano
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Play 27 Book III, Chapter VIII Greg Giordano
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Play 28 Book III, Chapter IX Malone
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Play 29 Book IV, Chapter I Malone
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Play 30 Book IV, Chapter II Malone
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Play 31 Book IV, Chapter III Greg Giordano
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Play 32 Book IV, Chapter IV Greg Giordano
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Play 33 Book IV, Chapter V Greg Giordano
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