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The Red Rover Hardcover – January 1, 1976


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amereon, Limited (January 1, 1976)
  • ISBN-10: 084881407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848814076
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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James Fenimore Cooper was born in 1789 in New Jersey, the son of a wealthy land agent who founded Cooperstown in New York State. Cooper attended Yale, but was expelled in 1805 and spent five years at sea on merchant then naval ships. He married in 1811, and eventually settled in New York. Precaution, Cooper's first novel, was written in 1820 as a study of English manners; its successors, The Spy and The Pilot, written within the next three years, were more characteristic of the vein of military or seagoing romance that was to become typical of him. In 1823 he began the Leatherstocking Tales series of novels, centred on a shared Native American character at different periods of his life, for which he is chiefly remembered. Cooper's reputation as one of America's leading authors was quickly established, and spread to Europe by a long stay there from 1826, making him one of the first American writers popular beyond that country. After his return to America in 1832, however, conservative political essays and novels dramatising similar views, as well as critiques of American society and abuses of democracy, led to a decline in his popularity. James Fenimore Cooper died in 1851. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eotvos on May 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you can get past Cooper's verbose and stilted prose, this is a great love letter to the skilled mariners who manned the decks during the Golden Age of Sail. Probably a full quarter of the book is devoted to depicting the moment-by-moment changes in rigging and tactics for both fight and flight in fickle weather. And that stands alone as the sole basis on which I recommend this book.

The tale is a fairly formulaic and romantic account of what amounts to just over a fortnight in the life of a gentleman pirate who commands a noble if motley crew, and the dashing young officer of the British Navy who is assigned to apprehend him in the Americas. Predictably, the protagonist finds more to admire than despise in his quarry, and the generosity & civility of the Red Rover is shown to exceed that of many commisioned sailors in service to the Crown.
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I'm teaching this text in one of my undergraduate courses right now. It's difficult in some ways because of Cooper's use of highly specialized maritime terms. I've had to look up more things that I'd like to admit. But if you're at all interested in one of the first, truly "American" sea stories, you shouldn't skip out on this one just because of its length or difficulty. It's theatrical, exciting -- a page-turner at times, and has several surprises at the end.
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By Jane Olson on November 9, 2008
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The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by MobileReference (mobi)

This is a great love letter to the skilled mariners who manned the decks during the Golden Age of Sail.
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