A History of New York

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A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker
AuthorWashington Irving
CountryUnited States
SubjectHistory of New York City
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A History of New York is an 1809 book on the history of New York City by Washington Irving.

The book is significant as early media describing what became modern Christmas traditions in the United States.[1]

Contemporary critics of the book described it as "an attempt to annihilate the history of America".[2]

A 2005 reviewer described the book as satire and not being a modern novel.[3]

A 2012 reviewer said that despite the book being satire it also contains useful historical facts and context.[4]


  1. ^ Burstein, Andrew (25 December 2005). "How Christmas Became Merry". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Robert A. (June 1981). ""Hunting Down a Nation": Irving's A History of New York". Nineteenth-Century Fiction. 36 (1): 22–46. doi:10.2307/3044549.
  3. ^ Wade, Christine (25 May 2015). "A Satirical Novel of Historic New York". Off the Shelf.
  4. ^ McGann, Jerome (2012). "Washington Irving, A History of New York, and American History". Early American Literature. 47 (2): 349–376. doi:10.1353/eal.2012.0031.

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