- Author: Washington Irving
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1809
- Word count: 118,810 words (≈ about 8 hours)
Knickerbocker's History of New York is a satire on self-important local history and contemporary politics. Prior to its publication, Irving started a hoax akin to today's viral marketing campaigns; he placed a series of missing person adverts in New York newspapers seeking information on Diedrich Knickerbocker, a crusty Dutch historian who had allegedly gone missing from his hotel in New York City.