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Washington Irving: A History of New York

  • Jeremy Tambling
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This article concentrates, but not exclusively, on the short story writer and essayist Washington Irving (1783–1859) and his partly comic – with strong influences from Rabelais, Cervantes, Swift, and Sterne – History of New York (1809). Learned and conscious of that and very popular when it appeared, it was revised in 1820 and 1849, to softening effect.


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Further Reading

  1. Bradley, Elizabeth. 2009. Knickerbocker: The myth behind New York. Rutgers: Rutgers University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Burroughs, E.C., and Mike Wallace. 1999. Gotham: A history of New York City to 1898. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Burstein, Andrew. 2007. The original knickerbocker: The life of Washington Irving. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  4. Irving, Washington. 1984. A history of New York. In The complete works of Washington Irving, general edition Richard Dilworth Rust. Vol.7: ed. Michael L. Black and Nancy B. Black. Boston: Twayne.Google Scholar
  5. Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. 1995. The encyclopaedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, for the New-York Historical Society.Google Scholar
  6. McGann, Jerome. 2012. Washington Irving, A History of New York, and American History. Early American Literature 47: 349–376.Google Scholar
  7. Wagenknecht, Edward. 1962. Washington Irving: Moderation displayed. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUK