A History Of New York
Published to popular acclaim in 1809, this satire, considered the first important contribution to American comic literature, was Washington Irving's first book. It begins by relating the creation and population of the world, including the discovery of what would become New York. It ends by recording the eventual fall of the Dutch dynasty.
Published in 1809, the young Irving’s book is a satirical novel/history of the Dutch New Netherlands, ostensibly written by a crotchety old fellow named Diedrich Knickerbocker – and printed by his former landlord after the author mysteriously dis...more
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Some parts drag on too long and some of the jokes are a little obscure. Others of the jokes have aged very well. I laughed out loud every few pages, and kept marking juicy passages. If you like Mark Twain, you'll probably like this. Helps to have familiarity with classical literature, which Irving is using as a foil and pattern.
A representative passage: The more enlightened and humane generation of the present day have ta...more
I'd recommend it to anyone interested this period in history or literature or poking fun at history or the classics, but it's not a book that everyone will love.