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.
Afloat and Ashoreby James Fenimore Cooper
The definitive edition of American writer Cooper's 1844 seafaring novel is supported by a 37-page historical introduction that places it in the contexts both of his writing career and the literary milieu of the middle 19th century, examines the style and strategy of the first-person narrative, and teases out some of the sources he used to make his account credible to… See more details below
The definitive edition of American writer Cooper's 1844 seafaring novel is supported by a 37-page historical introduction that places it in the contexts both of his writing career and the literary milieu of the middle 19th century, examines the style and strategy of the first-person narrative, and teases out some of the sources he used to make his account credible to his readers. Each volume contains one of the two parts Cooper originally intended the novel to appear in. For each part, explanatory and textual notes, emendations, rejected readings, and word-divisions are provided. The second part is also followed by textual commentary and a note on the manuscript and proof sheets. The two volumes are paged separately. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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- Date of Birth:
- September 15, 1789
- Date of Death:
- September 14, 1851
- Place of Birth:
- Burlington, New Jersey
- Place of Death:
- Cooperstown, New York
- Yale University (expelled in 1805)
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The hero of AFLOAT AND ASHORE is young Miles Wallingford, born around 1780 in New York. His father had been a sailor. Like generations of Wallingfords, Miles was born on Clawbonny, a 500-acre farm up a creek from the Hudson River. The early deaths of both parents left Miles and younger sister Grace heirs to a prosperous, if modest estate. The youngsters had been left in charge of the local Anglican parish priest, Rev. Hardinge, a poor widower with two children of his own, Rupert and Lucy. The four children grew up as four closely knit loving siblings. AFLOAT AND ASHORE is the well-balanced first part of a two-novel tale (MILES WALLINGFORD is the follow-on). I pass over in this review five important elements of the novel as follows: -- the bad character of young Rupert Hardinge and its destructive impact on the other three children; -- the romantic love that grew between Faith Wallingford and Rupert and between Lucy Hardinge and Miles Wallingford; -- the role of organized Anglican religion among the Hardinges, Wallingfords and the surprisingly numerous black slaves inherited by Miles and Grace; -- life among and attitudes of the slaves of Clawbonny Farm; -- Insights into other important characters such as Miles's young slave Nebuchadnezzar "Neb" Clawbonny (all the Wallingford slaves bore that surname), retired British Major Merton and his beautiful daughter Emily and wealthy young Andrew Drewett (who strenuously woos Lucy Hardinge, to our hero Miles Wallingford's evident dismay). AFLOAT AND ASHORE is a straightforward tale of Miles's years at sea on two trading voyages(1797 - 1798) and 1799 - 1803) and his time back in New York between the first voyage to Canton, China and during decisive weeks just after the second voyage -- one around the world. For the first jaunt, Rupert persuades Miles to run off with him to sea, without informing Rev. Hardinge. Miles proves himself a born sailor and distinguishes himself on the voyage while Rupert shows his lazy side and resolves at voyage's end to become a land-bound New York lawyer. On the second voyage, Miles, third mate of the good ship Crisis, is surprised and captured, the ship's captain being tomahawked, on the Oregon coast by fiendishly clever American Indians ostensibly peaceably trading furs. When surprised, Miles was on deck watch, lost in memories of his home and young Lucy Hardinge. Everyone else is trapped below deck. Miles redeems himself, however, by tricking the Indian leader, and the ship is recovered. Later, deep in the Pacific, the Crisis discovers an apparently uninhabited coral island. Once again, with guard down, the ship is captured -- this time by undetected French sailors who had been wrecked there. How could this have happened to normally alert American seamen? Fortunately, Miles and nearly 40 others shortly sail after the French and recapture by surprise their own vessel -- in a newly built boat left behind for them by the gallant French captain. Much earlier Miles had been part of the surprise capture of a French vessel, the USA and France being briefly at war. Miles's new Captain and earlier First Mate, Moses Marble, philosophize about surprise captures as a recurring element of life at sea. Miles's conclusion is that "Surprisers musn't be surprised." Generalizing from this maxim, we see that the tragedy of this novel is how Miles and others are constantly "surprised" by the evil behavior of Rupert.
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Thas it im oing to the battle *pelts away*
*gets up and tackles glitter holding her down*
Broken if you get killed over this....im telling your daughter.look i get you want to protect star. I do too. But he can call her what he likes but we know the truth of who she is. And if it means her being safe so be it. Im leaving" he flicked his tail.
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Morningmoon padded in with her sister and kit. Sapphirepaw looked at them. "May we join?"