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The Prairie
     

The Prairie

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by James Fenimore Cooper
 

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Fifth and last of the Leatherstocking Tales in terms of the story line. Third in terms of publication date. Historical novel set in 1804, first published in 1827. The other Leatherstocking Tales are Deerslayer, Last of the Mohicans, Pathfinder, and Pioneers. According to Wikipedia: "James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 - September 14, 1851) was a prolific and

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Fifth and last of the Leatherstocking Tales in terms of the story line. Third in terms of publication date. Historical novel set in 1804, first published in 1827. The other Leatherstocking Tales are Deerslayer, Last of the Mohicans, Pathfinder, and Pioneers. According to Wikipedia: "James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 - September 14, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. He is best remembered as a novelist who wrote numerous sea-stories and the historical novels known as the Leatherstocking Tales, featuring frontiersman Natty Bumppo. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, which many consider to be his masterpiece."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781775453765
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
642 KB

Meet the Author

Domhnall Martin Mitchell is Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

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 Prairie 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE PRAIRIE begins in 1804, 500 miles west of the Mississippi River and ends there a year later. The land now belongs to the USA, after the purchase of Louisiana. Rogers and Clark are exploring farther north. *** Nathaniel 'Natty' Bumppo aka Hawkeye, Deerslayer, Pathfinder and other evolving names is 87 years old. He no longer thinks of himself as a hunter but a simple trapper of furs and hides. He runs afoul of a crude family led by Ishmael Bush, all rugged individualists like himelf. They are traveling with an eccentric medical doctor who is also a naturalist exploring new flora and fauna. They have kidnapped, without the doctor's knowledge, the beautiful daughter of the richest Creole in newly purchased Louisiana. Natty throws in as an ally of various parties: her army Captain fiance who is on her trail, a wandering bee trailer and a large band of benign Pawnees to see justice done. *** In the process of setting free two women unwillingly with the Bushes, Natty and others skirmish with thieving Sioux who set the prairie on fire to trap the rescuers and the two young women, including the refined niece of one of the rascally group. In the end, the paterfamilias of the Bush family squatters does rough frontier justice to all parties, including imposing a brutal death sentence on his wife's brother who had killed their eldest son. *** Read THE PRAIRIE for its description of an American west in which white men were still rare, and for the final months of Natty Bumppo, a haunting figure who catches much of the pioneering American spirit that made America America. The writing is vivid, memorable and the history of the frontier is of seminal importance. -OOO-
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed this more than The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper's most popular book. The Prairie tells a very interesting story, and no detail is too trivial to be excluded. Overall, although it certainly drifted into excess obscurity at times, in a larger scope The Prairie was an extemely rewarding read. It's worthy to note that the historical context of this book seems to be quite accurate.
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Is it any good?