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School of writers whose association was primarily geographical and due to similar literary tastes. The name was a tribute to Irving's Knickerbocker's History of New York (1809), and the members attempted to carry his Addisonian spirit into their superficially sophisticated work. Besides Irving, Bryant, and Paulding, the writers most generally identified with this group included Hoffman, Drake, Halleck, Verplanck, Sands, Willis, Lydia M. Child, and Epes Sargent. This New York City group was represented in The Knickerbocker Magazine, but may be said to have waned after its founding. Most of the writers were pilloried in Poe's “The Literati.”

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