James Fenimore Cooper by Blake Nevius & James Fenimore Cooper
The Leatherstocking Tales I; The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie (Library of America)

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The Library of America 1985. Dust jacket protected by mylar cover, not price clipped. Green boards clean. Binding tight. Pages crisp and white, smudge bottom right corner, no names or marks. Proceeds benefit the Oro Valley Library.

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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.
Published July 1, 1985 by Library of America. 1347 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author tells of Cooper's boyhood, of his years at sea, of the town which his father founded and where he grew up, of his writing, his enormous success -- particularly abroad where he was one of the few American writers then accepted -- and of his growing disfavor as he quarreled with the pres...

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The gentry held no divine writ to civilize the great unwashed masses, and they were hardly above self-interest: “In actual fact, the landed gentry’s interests”—namely the production of wheat and enhancement of property value—“dominated their attitudes toward their tenants and their political acti...

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James Fenimore Cooper was the first American novelist to make the British realise that the independence of the United States would have consequences beyond the political, economic and military.

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Open Letters Monthly

Wayne Franklin, armed with exhaustive scholarship and unprecedented access to the family papers of James Fenimore Cooper, has undertaken a new and definitive two-volume biography of that pioneer of American literature, the first volume of which, covering Cooper’s life up until he temporarily move...

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"[His] awards for fantasy included the 1975 Grand Master of Fantasy Award, the 1976 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the 1981 Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, 6 Hugos, 4 Nebulas, and about 20 other awards.

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