The Original Knickerbocker by Andrew Burstein
The Life of Washington Irving

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Washington Irving-author, ambassador, Manhattanite, and international celebrity-has largely slipped from America’s memory, and yet, his creations are still very well known. With a historian’s eye for scope and significance, Andrew Burstein returns Irving to the context of his native nineteenth century where he was a major celebrity-both a colorful comic genius and the first name in our national literature. Though he gave his young nation such enduring tales as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” he was far more than one of our nation’s most outsized literary talents. Irving was an American original and a citizen of the world.

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Andrew Burstein, a native New Yorker, is the Mary Frances Barnard Professor of 19th-Century U.S. History at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of six books on early America, including The Passions of Andrew Jackson and Jefferson’s Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello. Burstein lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Published February 26, 2008 by Basic Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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Burstein shows the enormous influence of Irving’s family (he was the youngest of 11), illustrates thoughtfully his political life (he met presidents, was friends with Aaron Burr, officially served his government, in the U.S. and abroad), chronicles his relationships with iconic colleagues—Walter ...

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University of Tulsa's Burstein, best known for his studies of Thomas Jefferson (""Jefferson's Secrets""), offers a serviceable biography of another early American celebrity: Washington Irving, whom Burstein credits with creating a national literature and with helping persuade Europeans that Ameri...

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