The History of New York (Knickerbocker's Edition)

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'The History of New York' (Knickerbocker's Edition), Washington Irving presents a remarkable blend of history and satire, encapsulating the zeitgeist of the early American republic. Through the fictitious persona of Dietrich Knickerbocker, Irving weaves a narrative bristling with wit and irony, as he ostensibly chronicles the Dutch rule over New Amsterdam. Irving's use of humor to critique social and political mores, coupled with his deployment of a faux-scholarly tone, guarantees this work an enduring place both in the canon of early American literature and in the broader literary context as a seminal example of historical satire. Despite the humorous exaggeration, Irving's meticulous attention to language reveals an undercurrent of earnest inquiry into the nature of political power and identity. Washington Irving, the first American author to achieve international literary renown, channeled his experiences and observations of societal changes to craft 'The History of New York'. As a man of letters with a keen sense of national identity, Irving's literary contributions reflect a deep engagement with the cultural and historical narratives of his time. His tenure as a diplomat undoubtedly enriched his perspective on political leadership, further informing this satiric masterpiece. His ability to ridicule while revealing collective truths illustrates why Irving remains a pivotal figure in the American literary tradition. Scholars and lovers of literature alike will find 'The History of New York' a treasure trove of early American humor and insight. Our ability to laugh at our collective past, recognizing the follies and foibles of those who came before us, makes Irving's work not just an act of satire but a gesture of kinship across time. This edition, in particular, serves not only as an entertaining chronicle but also as a window into the social commentary of the era—highly recommended for those interested in the genesis of American literary satire and the historical identity of early New York.


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Washington Irving (1783–1859) stands as a central figure in early American literature, most known for his short stories such as 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle,' but also for his satirical works that captured the culture and humor of his society. Born in New York City, Irving cultivated a keen interest in the art of writing which blossomed into a distinguished literary career. His seminal work, 'The History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty' (published under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker), is a satirical and largely fictionalized account of New York's history. This work not only introduced the Knickerbocker character, which became synonymous with New Yorkers but also laid the foundation for the city's enduring cultural mythology. Irving's literary style often interweaved satire with a Romantic celebration of the American landscape and tradition. Throughout his life, he earned recognition for his versatile command of satire, pathos, and historical narrative. Irving's distinguished status in American literature was further cemented by his appointment as a diplomatic official in Spain, where his experiences would influence subsequent writings. He has been called ambassador-at-large to the world for American culture and the first American author to achieve international fame, signalling the maturation of American literature in the early 19th century.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 258 Pages

Filesize: 660.3 KB

ISBN: 8596547391371

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