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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ISBN-10: 0873954149

ISBN-13: 9780873954143

Pub. Date: 06/01/1981

Publisher: State University of New York Press

“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

ISBN-13:
9780873954143
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1981
Series:
Works of James Fenimore Cooper Series
Pages:
434

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Illustrations
Historical Introduction
Preface

Wyandotté, or The Hutted Knoll

Explanatory Notes
Textual Commentary
Note on the Manuscript
Textual Notes
Emendations
Rejected Readings
Word-Division

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