Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Elizabeth L. Bradley of the New York Public Library talks about how Washington Irving created a New York City legend in 1809 when he published a chronicle of New York’s 50 years under Dutch rule from the perspective of his fictional character Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Elizabeth L. Bradley will be giving a talk, taking questions, and signing books
Thursday January 29th at 6:30 PM
At the Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street


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Comments [9]

antiquehood from california,usa

... , I own this old book ....

Jul. 05 2009 05:29 PM
Murphy from Irvington, New York

There is a Poe Park in the Bronx.

Feb. 04 2009 04:46 PM
Murphy from Irvington, New York

You can have a delightful visit to Washington Irving's home, "Sunnyside", right on the Hudson River, on the border between Irvington and Tarrytown.

Feb. 04 2009 04:45 PM
AR from brooklyn

Way to go Betsey Bradley! Glad to see you putting your prodigious smarts to good use.

Jan. 22 2009 01:25 PM
Marlaina from orange county, ny

A History of New York

FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO THE END OF THE DUTCH DYNASTY;containing, among many surprising and curious matters, the unutterable ponderings of Walter the Doubter, the disastrous projecs of William the Testy, and the chivalric achievements of Peter the Headstrong--the three
Dutch govenors of the New Amsterdam: being the only authentic history of the times that hath ever or ever will be published:
by Diedrich Knickerbocker

Jan. 22 2009 01:21 PM
Erica from 10024

West 83rd Street between Broadway and West End is "Edgar Allen Poe Place" Or possibly Lane, or Way. Something like that.

Jan. 22 2009 01:21 PM
Erica from 10024

"Knickerbocker" was undoubtedly referencing Erasmus Darwin, also a gentleman-naturalist. His grandson Charles, who eclipsed his notoriety, was born in 1809, the same year as the book being discussed.

Jan. 22 2009 01:19 PM
JG from NYC

Charles Darwin was born in 1809. If Irving was referring to Darwin, it was most likely to Charles's gradfather, Erasmus Darwin

Jan. 22 2009 01:18 PM
Michael M Thomas from Brooklyn

Chas Darwin was born in 1809. Irving must refer to Erasmus Darwin (d.1802)

Jan. 22 2009 01:18 PM

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