Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 2


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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 From the text and adapted from Wikipedia by lubee930

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Chapters

Introduction 3:12 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter VI 9:49 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter VII 5:00 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter VIII 9:20 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter IX 8:14 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter X 6:39 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter XI 7:16 Read by Maria Kasper
Book IV, Chapter XII 13:28 Read by Maria Kasper
Book V, Chapter I 14:21 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter II 9:00 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter III 10:39 Read by Scott Birney
Book V, Chapter IV 14:28 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter V 9:01 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter VI 5:10 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter VII 9:28 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter VIII 9:41 Read by Greg Giordano
Book V, Chapter IX 15:44 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VI, Chapter I 12:02 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter II 12:49 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter III 15:00 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter IV 15:53 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter V 14:55 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter VI 18:19 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter VII 13:34 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter VIII 21:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VI, Chapter IX 18:29 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VII, Chapter I 12:59 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter II 8:11 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter III 6:29 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter IV 13:31 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter V 4:53 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter VI 9:28 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter VII 7:41 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter VIII 8:48 Read by Greg Giordano
Book VII, Chapter IX 15:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VII, Chapter X 10:11 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VII, Chapter XI 15:38 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VII, Chapter XII 13:04 Read by Maria Kasper
Book VII, Chapter XIII 11:15 Read by Maria Kasper