The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
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Chingachgook and Uncas are the last living members of the great Mohican tribe. Hawkeye, a colonial scout, is their companion and loyal friend. In the midst of the French and Indian War, the three take great risks to lead the two daughters of a British colonel to safety through the battle-torn northern wilderness. When the girls are captured by the vicious Huron tribe, Chingachgook, Uncas, and Hawkeye risk their very lives to rescue them.

Carefully adapted for young readers, and featuring magnificent illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, Scribner Storybook Classics brings a dynamic introduction to James Fenimore Cooper's epic tale from his Leatherstocking series in which love, bravery, and loyalty are valued above all else.

 

About James Fenimore Cooper

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James Fenimore Cooper, acclaimed as one of the first American novelists, was born in Burlington, N.J., on September 15, 1789. When he was one year old, his family moved to Cooperstown, N.Y., which was founded by his father. Cooper attended various grammar schools in Burlington, Cooperstown, and Albany, and entered Yale University in 1803 at the age of 13. In 1806, Cooper was expelled from Yale for pushing a rag with gunpowder under a classmate's door, causing it to explode. He then spent some time as a merchant seaman and served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy from 1808-1811. In 1811, Cooper married Susan De Lancey, and lived the life of a country gentleman until one day in 1820. Cooper and his wife were reading a book together. When Cooper told Susan that he could write a better book than the one they were reading, she challenged him to do so. Thus began his career as an author, with Precaution (first published anonymously). Cooper is known for writing more than 50 works under his own name, Jane Morgan, and Anonymous. His works included fiction, nonfiction, history, and travel sketches. He gained insight for his travel works while the Cooper family lived in Europe from 1826 to 1833. Cooper is best known for the novel The Last of The Mohicans, which has been made into several motion picture adaptations, the most recent starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye. The Last of the Mohicans is part of The Leatherstocking Tales, which includes the other novels, The Pioneers, The Deerslayer, and The Pathfinder. Hawkeye, whose given name is Nathaniel Bumpo, is a recurring character in the series which accurately chronicles early American pioneering life and events during the French and Indian War. In 1851, Cooper developed a liver condition, dying on September 14th of that year, just one day before his 62nd birthday. Howell has illustrated more than 50 books for young readers.
 
Published November 1, 2002 by Atheneum. 64 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Newly abridged by Timothy Meis, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans comes to life under the paintbrush of N.C. Wyeth, with illustrations originally published in 1919. The artist offers

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The artist offers readers a close-up view of the French and Indian War, in paintings such as British colonel Duncan's struggle against a Huron warrior or the Mohican Chingachgook similarly fighting off another Huron warrior in the clearing of a wood.

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Examiner

If you shy away from classic literature because the syntax, the vernacular, and the writing styles seem outdated, you will be missing some of the greatest books ever written--and seeing the movie is not the same as reading the book.

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Entertainment Weekly

Yet is Hawkeye believable — or even very interesting — as a human being?

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Entertainment Weekly

1992 version: A- 1932 version: C 1936 version: C+ 1947 version: F 1977 version: C- Originally posted Mar 12, 1993 Published in issue #161 Mar 12, 1993 Order article reprints

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Newly abridged by Timothy Meis, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans comes to life under the paintbrush of N.C. Wyeth, with illustrations originally published in 1919. The artist offers

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Rolling Stone

From the opening of The Last of the Mohicans, in which Daniel Day-Lewis's Hawkeye fires his phallic rifle at the camera, you can tell director and co-writer Michael Mann's film version of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel will not be stuffy.

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Variety

Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans"--the latest screen adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic adventure tale of life in the British colonies in America--benefits from rich source material and good performances.

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Full Summary >> Cast: Randolph Scott - (Hawkeye, Colonial Scout) Binnie Barnes - (Alice Munro) Heather Angel - (Cora Munro) Hugh Buckler - (Col.

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Full Summary >> Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis - (Hawkeye) Madeleine Stowe - (Cora Munro) Russell Means - (Chingachgook) All Cast & Crew >> Review: Challenging and stirring entertainment in a decade that seemed to be out of touch with adventure classics, The Last of the Mohicans was inbued with a new...

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