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Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 1

Washington Irving

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)

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)
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Fiction

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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)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:34