Knickerbocker : The Myth behind New York, Hardback Book

Knickerbocker : The Myth behind New York Hardback


Deep within New York's compelling, sprawling history lives an odd, ornery Manhattan native named Diedrich Knickerbocker.

The name may be familiar today: his story gave rise to generations of popular tributes - from a beer brand to a basketball team and more - but Knickerbocker himself has been forgotten.

In fact, he was New York's first truly homegrown chronicler, and as a descendant of the Dutch settlers, he singlehandedly tried to reclaim the city for the Dutch.

Almost singlehandedly, that is. Diedrich Knickerbocker was created in 1809 by a young Washington Irving, who used the character to narrate his classic satire, A History of New York.

According to Irving's partisan narrator, everything good and distinctive, proud and powerful, about New York City - from the doughnuts to the twisting streets of lower Manhattan - could be traced back to New Amsterdam.

This book features a terrific general interest, cultural history of a city with a rich and lively literary past.

This is the first-ever book on the eponymous myth that has informed New York City culture since the early 1800s.

It also coincides with the two-hundredth anniversary of Washington Irving's publication of A History of New York.

It is a perfect gift book or addition to library collection of New York City - themed books.

It includes a gallery of images that brings Diedrich Knickerbocker, his myth, time, and place to life.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 24
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780813545165

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