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Wyandotte, or, the Hutted Knoll: A Tale
     

Wyandotte, or, the Hutted Knoll: A Tale

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by James Fenimore Cooper
 

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“One of the misfortunes of a nation, is to hear little besides its own praises,” wrote James Fenimore Cooper in his Preface to Wyandotté in 1843. The novel arrived at a time when a patriotic mythology about the American Revolution was developing, and Cooper’s somber tale of the sufferings of an isolated family in upstate New York during the

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“One of the misfortunes of a nation, is to hear little besides its own praises,” wrote James Fenimore Cooper in his Preface to Wyandotté in 1843. The novel arrived at a time when a patriotic mythology about the American Revolution was developing, and Cooper’s somber tale of the sufferings of an isolated family in upstate New York during the Revolution was not congruent with the celebratory stories then being told. One reviewer indeed objected to Cooper’s “cynicism which hunts after cracks and crevices and unshapely stones in the altar of our political devotion.”

In its critical trenchancy, somber tone, and subdued action, Wyandotté is representative of the strongest novels of Cooper’s last decade. The elements of romance that are prominent in his fiction of the 1820s here give way to a new emphasis upon characterization and a new interest in familial life. As Edgar Allen Poe observed, in Maud Meredith Cooper creates his most spirited heroine, and in Saucy Nick, his most credible Indian.

“Nothing is truly patriotic,” Cooper warns us in his Preface, “that is not strictly true and just.” In his last tale of the Revolution, he leaves national self-congratulation to the orators and newspaper editors and hews to his own demanding conception of devotion to his country.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940026324521
Publisher:
Hurd & Houghton
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
936 KB

Meet the Author

The creator of two genres that became staples of American literature — the sea romance and the frontier adventure — James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in New Jersey, raised in the wilderness of New York, and spent five years at sea before embarking on his successful writing career. Among Cooper’s many novels, his best-known books are the five "Leatherstocking" tales — including The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans — each featuring the fictional hero Natty Bumppo.

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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Wyandotte or the Hutted Knoll (Barnes and Noble Digital Library) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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The one before this.
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Worst attempt at spelling I have ever seen
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*kisses him back.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets up and storms to 'galaxy' res 2!
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Take my home she leaves to the ext result. She is only seven