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The Pathfinder (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411466364
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 559,435
  • File size: 785 KB

Meet the Author

James Fenimore Cooper


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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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.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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 January 16, 2008

    'If Injins are of no use, Injins would not have been created'

    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-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Fox 嫘 2

    (Where is carcass.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Hint hint

    Deathberries....... whispers a ghostly voice. (>:0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Silverfang

    Lept on carcasses neck and dug his teeth in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    To BloodClan

    Find hemlock. Kills in less than two minutes. ~&Delta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Bloodmoon Rage quiting

    Im done. Im just so fu<_>ckimg done. If i keep going on like this im gonna break my brand new nook just like my last one. It couldnt even be fixed. Im rage quiting for today. When i rage i break what ever im holding or anything. So im done taday. Im sick and tired bof the godmodimg duc<_>hbag called carcase and im sooooo fu<_>cking done with steal blue. Literatly. If i ever see here again i swear to god i will destroy her. Goodbye for today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    To firesteel

    Ummm. Shes inside him and u cant get in. She has to make her way out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Virus

    Virus lept from the shadows, and gripped Carcass's foreleg, not letting go for any reason, his teeth meeting bone as he curled himself tight around Carcass's leg.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Firesteel

    Firesteel escaped quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Hey guys

    After your done fighting, there is a surprise for you back at home. No cheating now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Shadowrise

    Gtgtb bbt. YAY ITS FRIDAY TOMMORROW!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Carcass

    *his mutilated corpse stunk and lay there in the clearing*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Seek & Destroy

    *pad off*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Silverfang

    Yowled," back to camp or die!" And raced back to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Deimos to Fox and Steel Blue

    Fox: note for you at your camp<p>
    Steel Blue: I'm back. My sister keps taking my s<_>hit today. My phone, my ds, my nook...head back over when you're done fighting. I'm not gonna help right now 'cause i don' t even know why you guys are fighting and I have other things that are keeping me busy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Fox 嫘

    Flew in to the air towards "midsummer night".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Raptor

    Hoped his mom was OK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Jaysoar

    NNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT MISTYSTAR TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WWWWWHHHYYYYYYYYYYY???????????!!!!!!!!!!! -Jaysoar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Dewpaw

    Hmmmm...do they? ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    After the War

    Warriors - Cry to the Stars
    Book One: After the War


    Chapter Ten:
    Foxleap looked up, quickly flicking his tail in farewell to Robinwing and Leaftail, before dashing up to take his place among the roots of the great oak. Applefur was already there, her mottled brown fur shining in the starlight, with Whitetail a few foxlenghts away, her white pelt sleek against her small WindClan frame. The medicine cats were gathering nearby—Jayfeather and Fatewhisper, along with Kestrelflight and Moorpaw from WindClan, Willowshine and Otterpaw from RiverClan, and Duskfang from ShadowClan.
    The three deputys were quickly joined by a mottled gray tom, Pebblefoot, Foxleap recognized, though he wondered what had happened to Reedwhisker. Glancing up, he was surprised to see the sleek black tom perched on one of the branches, along with Spiderstar, Onestar, and Rowanstar.
    "Reedstar, would you like to begin?" Spiderstar meowed, dipping his head to the new leader.
    The black tom nodded politely to the ThunderClan leader, and stepped forward, muscles rippling beneath his sleek black pelt.
    "All is well with RiverClan," Reedstar meowed calmly, his icy blue gaze sweeping the gathered Clans. "Mistystar, sadly, caught Greencough, and lost her last life. We shall all mourn her greatly."
    There was a moment of silence as Foxleap remembered the dark-furred leader, who had tried to make peace between the four Clans during her time as leader.
    "I went to the Moonpool and recieved my nine lives and my new name," Reedstar continued. "I am now Reedstar, and I have chosen Pebblefoot as my deputy."
    "Reedstar! Pebblefoot! Reedstar! Pebblefoot!" A few cheers rang through the clearing, and Foxleap glanced at the muscular gray tom beside him. Pebblefoot looked calm, his mottled fur flat and shining like silver.
    "We also have three new apprentices—Greenpaw, Ripplepaw, and Lakepaw," Reedstar finished, sitting down. Foxleap noticed three young RiverClan cats—a small white tom, a dark gray tabby, and a blue-gray shecat.
    Spiderstar then stepped forward, his amber eyes shining. "ThunderClan, too, is pleased to have good news," the long-limbed tom meowed. "Prey is running well, and we are well-stocked for the coming leaf-bare. We also have a new deputy—Birchfall has decided to join the elders, and he has been replaced by Foxleap."
    The red tabby's fur prickled with embarrassment as cats called out his name. He forced himself not to shrink back, and to meet their gazes evenly.
    "Fatepaw has recieved his medicine cat name, Fatewhisper," Spiderstar continued, and the gray tom dipped his head shyly.
    "Willowpaw, Treepaw, and Patchpaw are now apprentices," the black tom meowed.
    "And Blossomfall has recently had a litter of kits—Acornkit, Oakkit, Sparkkit, and Owlkit!" Spiderstar said proudly.
    Foxleap stared across the crowd, and saw Grasspelt puffing out his chest proudly, while Lilypatch and Toadstep looked pleased for their apprentices.
    "Fatewhisper! Willowpaw! Treepaw! Patchpaw! Acornkit! Oakkit! Sparkkit! Owlkit!" A few of the cats cheered, mainly from ThunderClan and RiverClan. Most of the WindClan cats looked furious, while a few ShadowClan warriors were grumbling. Foxleap felt a pang of fury, and the russet fur began to bristle along his spine.
    Spiderstar then turned towards Rowanstar, his amber eyes narrowed. With a hint of anger in his voice, he growled, "A ShadowClan patrol attacked one of our border patrols. Does ShadowClan have anything to say to that?"

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