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James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales I; The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie (Library of America) Hardcover – July 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1347 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (July 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940450208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940450202
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) grew up at Otsego Hall, his father’s manorial estate near Lake Otsego in upstate New York. Educated at Yale, he spent five years at sea, as a foremast hand and then as a midshipman in the navy. At thirty he was suddenly plunged into a literary career when his wife challenged his claim that he could write a better book that the English novel he was reading to her. The result was Precaution (1820), a novel of manners. His second book, The Spy (1821), was an immediate success, and with The Pioneers (1823) he began his series of Leatherstocking Tales. By 1826 when The Last of the Mohicans appeared, his standing as a major novelist was clearly established. From 1826 to 1833 Cooper and his family lived and traveled in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Two of his most successful works, The Prairie and The Red Rover, were published in 1827. He returned to Otsego Hall in 1834, and after a series of relatively unsuccessful books of essays, travel sketches, and history, he returned to fiction – and to Leatherstocking – with The Pathfinder (1840) and The Deerslayer (1841). In his last decade he faced declining popularity brought on in part by his waspish attacks on critics and political opponents. Just before his death in 1851 an edition of his works led to a reappraisal of his fiction and somewhat restored his reputation as the first of American writers.

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I bought this book because a professor of mine recommended it to me.
macissej
Cooper was superb at crafting an interesting tale with many twists, turns, interesting characters and action that would make a film director envious.
Robert T. Lukomski
There were very few people, both of European and Native Americans to be seen or heard.
richard e whitelock

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Lukomski on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Cooper was superb at crafting an interesting tale with many twists, turns, interesting characters and action that would make a film director envious. This volume contains the famous Last of the Mohicans along with The Pioneers and The Prairie. The books are published in order of Cooper's writing, and not in chronological order of the fictional events told within. The Last of the Mohicans (sold as a separate novel also) is worthy of 5 stars just by itself. It's one of the all time classic American stories, with very few peers. Cooper's love of nature comes through in all five stories that make up the Leatherstocking Tales (two stories are contained in The Leatherstocking Tales Vol. 2). Last of the Mohicans is the strongest work of the three books in volume 1, but the others are also entertaining. The Pioneers takes a while to set up the story which has gained Cooper some criticism, but once it gets going, I found it difficult to put it down. The Prairie gets off to a slightly quicker start. For more great works by Cooper, do yourself a favor and please read Leatherstocking Tales Vol 2. This contains The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer. Hawkeye is at his best here, and so is Cooper. Both tales are just about as good as Last of the Mohicans even though they get less critical recognition. If you enjoy a well-told, exciting story, you'll enjoy Cooper.
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
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Cooper's works are wonderful blends of action and character development, evoking every emotion from the reader. "Last of the Mohicans" may be his best known novel in the Leatherstocking series (story line order: Deerslayer, Last of Mohicans, Pathfinder, Pioneer, and Prairie), but all five are really great frontier adventures for the outdoor woods lovers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Belknap on November 26, 2007
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Excellent, high-quality binding, paper and typeface make this volume a joy to handle and read. The classic Leatherstocking Tales have never looked better. The time line and notes help place the readings in historical perspective. In re-reading the widely-known "Last of the Mohicans" as an adult, I am surprised at the level of violence and racism expressed. Cooper's introduction warns women and clergy from reading it - an early 19'th century view, but also modern in that one must have a sense of the historical period of the story, and of the author's times, to appreciate what has changed, and what unfortunately remains unchanged in our society and in human nature.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By McBraden on January 29, 2009
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Take an adventure through the life of America's first Action Hero!

Hawkeye, Natty, Nathaniel Bumppo, La Longue Carbine and Leather-stocking are a few of the many names for our protagonist. Respected, feared and known by all throughout the lands. His expert marksmanship, his level head and his Native customs make him a legend. You have to like a guy that names his rifle "Killdeer"!

The endless descriptive writing let's you mentally see a panoramic picture of the early frontier. Long before industry or the exodus out West forever changed the United States.

A wonderful addition to your mental and physical library.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Boris Zubry on September 16, 2002
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I strongly believe that James Fenimore Cooper belongs to the American and the world history. I learned the history reading his books. I have all of them and I still open them once in a while even now, forty years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By macissej on January 20, 2013
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I bought this book because a professor of mine recommended it to me. I thought I was just getting a normal paper back edition but I received a vintage looking set of three books. They were in excellent condition and very visually appealing.
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James Fenimore Cooper can truly spin a yarn. Much of what he writes about is truly virgin material. He writes as he saw our new country and the people who inhabited a land that was raw and unsettled. There were very few people, both of European and Native Americans to be seen or heard. And when these two ran upon each other in the northeast woods, it was a powder keg explosion of emotion and often sudden death. Men women, children, red or whites were not spared. They died for good reason and often for no reason. The French paid bounties for scalps and it didn't matter whether they came from white or reds.

The Last Of The Mohicans is my favorite Volume 1 tale. I suspect we all read this in high school. But now I read it with a different perspective and appreciation of times long gone. Deerslayer is first developed as a character in this novel. The familiar terms of Uncas, Mingos, The Serpent, Hawkeye and a cast of simple characters come alive once again. And the manner in which they lived and died is of great interest.

I won't attempt to wax eloquent any further. If you fail to read or revisit these two volumes of what then was called the American frontier, which back in the day was northwest New York and Canada, you will have missed a wonderful opportunity to renew your heritage and develop an appreciation for the Redskin culture.
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This was for my husband as his family is right in the area and period. Even with our background in historical research, hadn't read Cooper (well, my husband read the best known books after the TV series in the far far past but was somewhat less discerning at that point) so hadn't read as an adult. I picked it up and am blown away. We read 'classics' regularly and, honestly, sometimes question that classification. It always takes an adjustment to the pace and language but once into the rhythm found it great and perceptive when you consider what's being said beyond the story. Beyond just being - edified - the edition is well made and well sized and you even get the classic ribbon page marker :) Good collection of Part ! novels - going to get the remainder
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