Diedrich Knickerbocker Essay

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Diedrich Knickerbocker Washington Irving created a pseudo historian for the purpose of bettering his own work and to entertain his readers. In 1809 Irving wrote "A History of New York" through a persona known as Diedrich Knickerbocker. This was Knickerbocker's first appearance in Irving's work, but it sure wouldn't be his last. Although he was not real, Knickerbocker was a historian that seemed to be in love with the people and landscape of the northeast, particularly New York. Even though Irving never revealed it, some of his characteristics may be found within Knickerbocker's writing. Washington Irving was born in New York City in 1783, he always had an appreciation of the land and people from there. Irving was quite opposed to…show more content…
Another story that was "found among the papers of Diedrich Knickerbocker" was "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Both of these stories are tall tales that Irving wrote as entertainment for his readers, but he mentioned in both that these were stories told to Knickerbocker by people of Dutch origin, he made sure that the reader knew that. In both of these stories Irving describes the incredible scenery of New York, and he also describes the kindness and simplicity of the Dutch people. In "Rip Van Winkle" he says "he happened upon a genuine Dutch family, snugly shut up in its low-roofed farmhouse, under a spreading sycamore…" (Irving 573). He also describes a great mountain setting in New York "When the weather is fair and settled, they are clothed in blue and purple, and print their bold outlines on the clear evening sky; but, sometimes, when the rest of the landscape is cloudless, they will gather a hood of gray vapors about their summits, which, in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory." "Diedrich Knickerbocker's conception of authorship was heroic. The business of writing was "a perilous enterprise," and only those who were dauntless and daring could succeed in their quest for "fame." Writers were intrepid knights who courageously confronted all difficulties and hardships as they journeyed toward publication, a textual pilgrimage that required
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