THE SPY - Vol. 1 & 2

THE SPY - Vol. 1 & 2

by James Fenimore Cooper
     
 

Cooper's first major success, The Spy is also his first book set in the period of the American War of Independence. The story starts in 1870 in the area of the country which was between British-held New York and the Continental Army in the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York. The household of Mr. Wharton and his daughters is visited by the three mainSee more details below

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Cooper's first major success, The Spy is also his first book set in the period of the American War of Independence. The story starts in 1870 in the area of the country which was between British-held New York and the Continental Army in the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York. The household of Mr. Wharton and his daughters is visited by the three main protagonists of the story: the mysterious Mr. Harper, an American loyalist; Captain Henry Wharton, the son of the house and an officer in the British Army; and Mr. Harvey Birch, suspected of being a British spy. The differing loyalties of these men are reflected in the differing loyalties of the household they visit with the father trying to remain neutral, his daughter Sarah a supporter of the British and his other daughter Frances supporting the American rebels. The futures of these characters become inextricably linked as they face not only the perils of war, but also the sufferings of the human heart. This is a compelling adventure which brings to life all the dangers, heartbreak and hope of a society at war with itself.

Author Biography: James Fennimore Cooper was born on September 15, 1789 in Burlington, New Jersey. In 1820 he published his first book, Precaution, a tale of manners and morals set in England. His next book, The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, was set in America, and this was to be the setting for the rest of his novels, including the five "Leatherstocking" novels for which he is best known (The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie, The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer).

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Written in 1821, this historical novel is Cooper's paean to the Revolutionary War, as protagonist Harry Birch finds himself wrongly accused of selling vital information to the British. The book incorporates several real characters, including George Washington.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595471222
Publisher:
NuVision Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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