- Hardcover: 1347 pages
- Publisher: Library of America (July 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940450208
- ISBN-13: 978-0940450202
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.6 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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 book is read in the manner of the area in which it was written in, i couldn't...Read more