Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 1


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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)

(6 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Introduction 7:21 Read by Larry Wilson
The Author's Apology 8:05 Read by Larry Wilson
Notices 4:15 Read by Larry Wilson
Account of the Author 20:02 Read by Larry Wilson
To the Public 12:08 Read by Larry Wilson
Book I, Chapter I 13:52 Read by Maria Kasper
Book I, Chapter II 17:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Book I, Chapter III 12:57 Read by Maria Kasper
Book I, Chapter IV 14:16 Read by Maria Kasper
Book I, Chapter V 31:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter I 21:50 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter II 12:55 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter III 14:54 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter IV 23:16 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter V 9:38 Read by Maria Kasper
Book II, Chapter VI 5:07 Read by Greg Giordano
Book II, Chapter VII 5:44 Read by Greg Giordano
Book II, Chapter VIII 10:56 Read by Greg Giordano
Book II, Chapter IX 11:45 Read by Greg Giordano
Book III, Chapter I 17:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Book III, Chapter II 18:09 Read by Maria Kasper
Book III, Chapter III 13:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Book III, Chapter IV 11:32 Read by Maria Kasper
Book III, Chapter V 6:31 Read by Maria Kasper
Book III, Chapter VI 10:44 Read by Greg Giordano
Book III, Chapter VII 10:02 Read by Greg Giordano
Book III, Chapter VIII 10:38 Read by Greg Giordano
Book III, Chapter IX 14:27 Read by Malone
Book IV, Chapter I 11:51 Read by Malone
Book IV, Chapter II 8:11 Read by Malone
Book IV, Chapter III 9:41 Read by Greg Giordano
Book IV, Chapter IV 9:17 Read by Greg Giordano
Book IV, Chapter V 8:33 Read by Greg Giordano

Reviews

RICHARD ARMOUR HAD TO LOVE THIS BOOK

(5 stars)

A delightful romp into haute history, srprising in its modern satire. Except for one reader of a few chapters who apparently considered this a normal book, the readings were very good. Maria, however, comes in for special commendation. One can picture her face, bearing a wry expression even as it maintained the look of superiority usually manifested by those who are in posession of facts not known to their audiences. Savor this recording.