The Pathfinder (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Pathfinder (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by James Fenimore Cooper
     
 

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In The Pathfinder, James Fenimore Cooper tells a thrilling tale of naval adventure, rival love, and wilderness experience that captures the rough-and-tumble life on the shores of Lake Ontario during the French and Indian War. Cooper is the foremost author of historical romance in American literature, and The Pathfinder remains one of the finest

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In The Pathfinder, James Fenimore Cooper tells a thrilling tale of naval adventure, rival love, and wilderness experience that captures the rough-and-tumble life on the shores of Lake Ontario during the French and Indian War. Cooper is the foremost author of historical romance in American literature, and The Pathfinder remains one of the finest examples of the genre. The Pathfinder stands alone as an example of Cooper's unique ability to depict how the combination of tenderness and violence brings order to the American frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411431485
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
230,619
File size:
800 KB

Meet the Author


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.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

Brief Biography

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

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The pathfinder: or, The inland sea 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thematically, James Fenimore Cooper's 1840 novel THE PATHFINDER is a many-splendored thing. It is cross- cultural: Amerindians interact with French and British, both soldiers straight from Europe and home-grown colonials. The book is also historical: about the French and Indian Wars that determined which Europe-based nations would temporarily rule the North American continent. The yarn is also about sailing, especially the differences between sailing on oceans and sailing on that 'inland sea' which is Lake Ontario. *** Nathaniel 'Natty' Bumppo, hero of the five-volume LEATHERSTOCKING TALES, is in his later 30s. His assigned vocation, his 'gift' in his own jargon, is to be a loner, a kind of diaphragm that reacts when white Colonial lungs breathe hotly, deeply and destructively across his beloved wildernesses. *** Like Aeneas with Dido of Carthage, our hero is briefly turned aside from his Providence-assigned vocation by love of a good woman. The only woman the Pathfinder ever hopelessly, conventionally and strongly falls in love with is beautiful young Mabel Dunham, daughter of the sergeant major of the 55th British regiment. That group of soldiers was orginally recruited in Scotland, though it is now fleshed out by colonials. The imports complain about New World food, e.g. incomparable Lake Oswego bass and pine for their oatmeal cakes, as does even their commander, the Highland Laird Major Alexander Duncan of Lundie. Lundie is an historically real character. As the novel says he did, he lived in a fur-lined portable house on wheels within Fort Ontario. *** There is something primeval about Natty. He is a sort of Adam living in paradise before the Fall 'Ch. IX'. God did not mind Adam falling in love with Eve. But He had other plans for Natty Bumppo than to become a conventional husband and father. Natty found his own thoughts unprecedentedly too full of Mabel, too willing to neglect his scouting to be around her. She would reluctantly have married him only because her dying father wanted her to. But once Natty grasped that Mabel really loved the daring young lake captain Jasper Western, the Pathfinder accepted his fate. Like all creatures he had his gifts, restless celibacy being one of several. *** Something of what THE PATHFINDER is about comes out in Natty's remark to Jasper: 'I have come to the opinion, boy, that, as Providence rules all things, no gift is bestowed without some wise and reasonable end. If Injins are of no use, Injins would not have been created. ... even the Mingo tribes were produced for some rational and proper purpose, though I confess it surpasses my means to say what it is' 'p.77 Ch. VI'. *** This is a slow moving, reflective tale. It is not for children or even impatient university students if they are not English majors. But for mature adults who have known love and its loss, read on! -OOO-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unreadable.full of typos.don't waste your time.
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Deathberries....... whispers a ghostly voice. (>:0
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Lept on carcasses neck and dug his teeth in
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