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  • ISBN-13: 9781279495032
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper is considered by many to be America's first great novelist. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world, greatly influencing the way many cultures have viewed both the American Indians and the frontier period of U.S. history.

Biography

James Cooper (he added the Fenimore when he was in his 30s) was born September 15, 1789, in Burlington, New Jersey, to William Cooper and Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper. In 1790 the family moved to the frontier country of upstate New York, where William established a village he called Cooperstown. Although cushioned by wealth and William's status as landlord and judge, the Coopers found pioneering to be rugged, and only 7 of the 13 Cooper children survived their early years. All the hardship notwithstanding, according to family reports, the young James loved the wilderness. Years later, he wrote The Pioneers (1823) about Cooperstown in the 1790s, but many of his other books draw deeply on his childhood experiences of the frontier as well.

Cooper was sent to Yale in 1801 but he was expelled in 1805 for setting off an explosion in another student's room. Afterward, as a midshipman in the fledgling U.S. Navy, he made Atlantic passages and served at an isolated post on Lake Ontario. Cooper resigned his commission in 1811 to marry Susan Augusta De Lancey, the daughter of a wealthy New York State family. During the next decade, however, a series of bad investments and legal entanglements reduced his inheritance to the verge of bankruptcy.

Cooper was already 30 years old when, on a dare from his wife, he became a writer. One evening he threw down, in disgust, a novel he was reading aloud to her, saying he could write a better book himself. Susan, who knew that he disliked writing even letters, expressed her doubts. To prove her wrong he wrote Precaution, which was published anonymously in 1820. Encouraged by favorable reviews, Cooper wrote other books in quick succession, and by the time The Last of the Mohicans, his sixth novel, was published in 1827, he was internationally famous as America's first professionally successful novelist. Eventually he published 32 novels, as well as travel books and histories. Cooper invented the genre of nautical fiction, and in the figure of Nathaniel or "Natty" Bumppo (Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans) -- the central character in the five Leatherstocking Tales Cooper published between 1823 and 1841 -- he gave American fiction its first great hero.

Shortly after publishing The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper moved his family to Europe, but in 1833 he returned to America, moving back into his father's restored Mansion House in Cooperstown. He died there on September 14, 1851.

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Good To Know

Cooper was expelled from Yale due to his passion for pranks, which included training a donkey to sit in a professor's chair and setting a fellow student's room on fire.

Between 1822 and 1826 Cooper lived in New York City, and was a major player on its intellectual scene. He founded the Bread and Cheese Club, which had many high-profile members, including notable painters of the Hudson River School and writers like William Cullen Bryant.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1789
    2. Place of Birth:
      Burlington, New Jersey
    1. Date of Death:
      September 14, 1851
    2. Place of Death:
      Cooperstown, New York
    1. Education:
      Yale University (expelled in 1805)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Wonderful

    I read a chapter, and almost put it back on the shelf. But if you can make past the first two chapters, you won't be disappointed. After the slow beginning, the pace never slackens, and the characters and plot are engaging and lively.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    You Won't Be Disappointed

    This by far is a great book. The first chapter is a bit hard to understand, but it grows from there to become a novel of suspense. I highly recommend this book for those who like a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    would you like some stone soup?

    The Last of the Mohicans was an interesting and very detailed portrayal of a small group in the middle of the French and Indian War. I liked it a lot and would like to read more of James Fenimore Cooper¿s novels sometime. I know that many people enjoyed the movie, but to get the whole picture, you really need to read the book. The movie is great, I agree, but I just liked to book better (then again, when is it that you ever like a movie more than the book?). Though not my favourite classic, it is still an amazing book, very worthy of anyone¿s reading time.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Historically Enchanting!

    James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The last of the Mohincans, tells the story of the colonial scout Hawkeye, real name Natty Bumppo, with his 2 Indian companions Changachgook (his Mohican father) and his mohican brother Uncas. They stumble onto a party of British soldiers conducting 2 fair maidens (names Alice and Cora) traveling to their father Colonel Munro, who is the commander of the British Fort William Henry during the French and Indian War. They are being treacherously lead by a huron scout Magua who intends to hurt the 2 girls in order to get to their father the Colonel. I thought that The Last of the Mohicans was a very interesting piece of work. The book has a compelling story and great characters. Any one that is interested in historical fiction should read this book. The aouther tells this story in chronological order and in third person. He was very descriptive and precise in writing this novel. It is filled with action and adventure. It has a heart felt story with a sad, but meaningful conclusion that is poignant and well thought out. It gives you a sence of guilt to anyone that is from a British/ French heritage. It makes you realize what is the real goal of English or French society, putting risk on lives and ancient cultural heritage of the Native American people? Or have a few extra acres of land? I think that anyone who loves reading and have a plot that makes their mind work a little, would have the privelege of reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    I almost don't know what to make of this story. At times I hate

    I almost don't know what to make of this story. At times I hated it but then there are other sections that I really loved. I enjoyed the character of Cora Munro and wish she said and did more in the book. I thought Cooper used way too much description when writing his scenes, and it distracted from the storyline. There are a lot of sections where he could have said the same thing in about half the time. The verbal assault he puts the reader through is annoying and it takes away from the actual plot. After reading the book I decided to watch the 1992 movie version, which surprisingly I enjoyed much more than the book. The movie isn't anything like the book, it has the same characters and the same overall plot, but other than that the movie has a totally different tone than the book did, and I think that's what appealed to my 21st Century brain. I'd recommend only if you want to broaden your knowledge of early American novelists and see just where American literature came from. If you're looking for pure entertainment, just watch the movie with Daniel Day Lewis.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    This is the childrens edition

    Its abridged and its not the adult version. This one was made for kids to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Abridged and overly translated for children

    I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't check if it was simplified first. This probably would be great for kids but I lost my paperback copy and having names like le subtil translated to sly fox in this version seems hokey.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    darn

    could not read becasue of typos

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Ink

    "Yes, Bri. But l'm mourning more cuz my own ster trie to bury Rinzler!"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Mike tl melkor

    If he touches my daughter i am going to be really pis<_> sed if he touches anyine else in my family i will have to talk to

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    To ink and sam

    Sam: oooh how friendly? To ink: *faints* omg

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    A NOTE LAYS ON THE KITCHEN TABLE AND READS...

    I don't think i belong here anymore, i've only made things worse here. I've devastated my family, both my sister's hate me, my current bf hates me and yet i feel i'm never going to be enough. Hopefully this will be my last post here, for i have quit rping. Occassionaly you may see me at Scarlet Letter but i assure you that is it. Three days before my birthday i have screwed up my life majorly. I don't kbow wha to do anymore but to say my goodbye's. Leah, you were my mother, a friend, and family. You helped me out when i was clueless and i will never be able to repay you for that. You showed me what i can do to make myself happy and learned how to make other people happy around me. Take care! Roan, you were my stepfather, my daddy. I loved you too, but i didn't really know you so i can't say a bunch. Mike, you were my true father. You cared when other people didn't and you were the leader of my family. I found you at scarlet letter and wouldn't let go of your leg, and that's when you found Leah. I was the first chid of this family and hopefully the first to officially quit. Ink, you were my sister and you were there when i needed to spill out my heart. I aprreciated everyhing till i found out you hated me. I didn't know why and i still don't know why. But take care of my family. Love ya... Briana, take care of Sam. September, you were my first sister. The one i cared for the most. You tought me porno was not the best of things, ad since then i have quit love you and take care. Sam, you were my human and my brother-in-law. Wolfie won't be here unless i'm at Scarlet Letter. Bye.... illusion, i seem to feel i have done nothing but wrong in your life and seem like i'm making your life a living hell. I'm sorry for liking you, for making you apart of my family when you didn't want to. Take care of your Daughter and have a wonderfull life without me. Bella, you are my daughter and you know where to find me. If you need anything just go to our book. Everybody else, surely nobody else even cared to read down to here and i'm just asting your time. Live a strong and healthy life and live to your fullest. Most of you will be happy i'm finaly out of your lifes and others want me to stay till the end of time. But everytime i try to make things better it makes things worse. This is my last post at this house, my finally day at Scarlet Letter is on Wednesday, march 27th, my Birthday. Farewell and have a wonderfull exsistance without me.~Crystal

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Crysgal

    O.o Ooooohkaaaay. Gtgtb. Night.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Briana

    DADDY!!! *huggles*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    September to crystal

    Walks up the staurs and opens your door. Hey....cute baby.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Briana

    What do ya wanna have? More doritos?grilled cheese?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Leah

    Hey

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Excellent read. Easy to read and Navigate on the nook. I will b

    Excellent read. Easy to read and Navigate on the nook. I will buy the rest of the series from this publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    AWESOME

    F#@$ u guys this book is awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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