The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
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A massacre at a colonial garrison, the kidnapping of two pioneer sisters by Iroquois tribesmen, the treachery of a renegade brave, and the ambush of innocent settlers create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of American frontier life in this classic 18th-century adventure — the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales.
First published in 1826, the story — set in the forests of upper New York State during the French and Indian War — movingly portrays the relationship between Hawkeye, a gallant, courageous woodsman, and his loyal Mohican friends, Chingachgook and Uncas. Embroiled in one of the war's bloody battles, they attempt to lead the abducted Munro sisters to safety but find themselves instead in the midst of a final, tragic confrontation between rival war parties.
Imaginative and innovative, The Last of the Mohicans quickly became the most widely read work of the day, solidifying the popularity of America's first successful novelist in the United States and Europe. Required reading in many American literature classics, the novel presents a stirring picture of a vanishing people and the end to a way of life in the eastern forests.


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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 February 8, 1990 by Oxford Paperbacks. 462 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Westerns, Education & Reference, Romance, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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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

The Last of the Mohicans (1992) The grass is tall and bright, bright green, and so is the forest on either side of it.

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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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While back then it was not considered good form to approve of Indians, there was nothing standing in the way of fascination with them—that great, if frequently patronising, interest that ‘civilised’ society has always taken in the Unknown, and Cooper took great interest in the Natives.

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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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