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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484002911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484002919
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And funny too!
wayne wilson
I was hoping that I could learn something about how to write well, by reading this, but I'm not sure if I feel like I'd be any writer, after reading this.
Joseph Dewey
Mark Twain's description of Cooper's writing style is wonderfully funny.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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Nearly 20 years ago I saw the movie The Last of the Mohicans (Director's Expanded Edition). I knew it was probably not too much like the books, but I was inspired to read James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales I; The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie (Library of America), a collection of his work featuring Natty Bumpo (Hawkeye) and I found them to be horrible. Not just bad, but darn near unreadable.

Now, note that I am a top reviewer here at Amazon. I love books, but I hate this author even though I love American history (I am a history teacher), I love frontier stories and I was certainly predisposed to like his works. But, I've always kept my opinions to myself, despite the fact that he had one sentence that lasted more than two pages describing a banquet table that featured a near endless string of semi-colons.

Until now.

If Mark Twain, the quintessential American writer finds Cooper wordy, clunky and darn near unreadable (to be specific, Twain calls his work "a crime against the English language"), than I can proudly say that I too find James Fenimore Cooper to be a hack.

Of course, Twain says it much better. His sarcasm is laser sharp. He is merciless and I laughed out loud. Twain at his best, especially if you are familiar with Cooper.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rarkm on August 3, 2010
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This is by far the best essay on bad writing ever written. More offensive to nature than the bad writer is the "important" writer who uses bloated language, stylistic conceits without reason and obscure, inexact and unnecessary words and constructions. Twain picked (or picked on) James Fenimore Cooper for this little essay -- Cooper was at the time a "major" American author -- and his writing is still taught in schools and universities. Many of Cooper's lesser 19th century contemporaries engaged in the same overblown writing excesses, but Cooper was and is the best known from that period. In picking Cooper, Twain was essentially shooting a tuna fish in a barrel. Their writing styles could not have been more different. Twain had one foot in the 20th century, while Cooper had both feet in the 18th century.

Perhaps I am being too harsh. Read the Leatherstocking Tales, then Twain's essay and you decide.

Let's just say that I garnered nary a chuckle from Cooper, but laughed until I choked at Twain's essay.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By noseinabook on March 31, 2011
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This is a short story worth reading. While traveling, I read it aloud to my husband. Seriously, he was laughing so hard he had to concentrate on driving! Mark Twain's description of Cooper's writing style is wonderfully funny. There is a part about Indians and a boat that is the best of all. If you read it, you'll understand what I'm talking about. Just download it and read it. After all, it's free. What do you have to lose?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorri on June 28, 2011
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For all of us literature majors, this review of Cooper is hilarious. I laughed out loud reading Twain's excoriations. He was right on the mark!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clarinerd85 on May 13, 2012
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For people who are familiar with James Fenimore Cooper's crimes against literature, this short but sweet ebook is a must-read. I struggled to get through the first 200 pages of The Last of the Mohicans (twice, with nearly a decade separating the attempts) before giving up. Mark Twain hits on exactly the reasons why I couldn't stomach it. At times, I was literally laughing out loud at Twain's descriptions of "Cooper Indians" and "the females." It's a free Kindle download -- just give it a try!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Ruzhyo on April 4, 2012
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For those fans of Mark Twain who adore his caddy tongue this essay is a requirement. Twain dismembers his fellow literary compatriot with a comical and witty tone delving into the many mistakes present in Fenimore's writing. The essay also serves as a reminder to all those aspiring to achieve some level of literary greatness of the component necessary for a story to be fulfilling to a reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Dewey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2014
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This is Mark Twain's very critical roast of The Deerslayer, which extends also to all of James Fenimore Cooper's writing. If you like literary criticism, you'll love this. I found it a smartly-written dissection of a poorly-written work.

I was hoping that I could learn something about how to write well, by reading this, but I'm not sure if I feel like I'd be any writer, after reading this. Twain does give a guide of 18 points of good writing, and explains how Cooper violates all but one of them. But, it's a lot more of a funny skewering, than it is a good guide.

Here are some quotes from the book:
*"Cooper prized his broken twig above all of the rest of his effects, and worked it the hardest. It is a restful chapter in any book of his when somebody doesn't step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around."
*"Inaccurate observation defeated Cooper here as it defeated him in so many other enterprises of him."
*"Cooper's ear was satisfied by the approximate word."
*"Now I feel sure, deep down in my heart, that Cooper wrote about the poorest English that exists in our language, and that the English of Deerslayer is the very worst that even Cooper wrote."

Pros:
+Made me want to read more Twain
+Gives you good material to criticize others with
+Made me want to read Deerslayer (or at least skim through it)
+Excellent literary criticism
+Fun to read

Cons:
-Not really a guide for good writing, more of a guide of "reasons why Cooper went wrong"
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