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									James Fenimore CooperJames Fenimore Cooper
James Fenimore Cooper is considered by many to be America's first great novelist. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world, greatly influencing the way many cultures have viewed both the American Indians and the frontier period of U.S. history.

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James Fenimore Cooper
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1789
Place of Birth:
Burlington, New Jersey
Date of Death:
September 14, 1851
Place of Death:
Cooperstown, New York
Yale University (expelled in 1805)

Cooper's Undisputed Classic

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								The Last of the Mohicans (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: 
								James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Railton (Introduction).

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The Last of the Mohicans (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Railton (Introduction)
By far the most popular of Cooper’s five installments in the Leatherstocking Tales, The Last of the Mohicans is an American classic that established many lasting conventions in American frontier fiction. The other stories in the Leatherstocking Tales include The Pioneers (1823), which first introduced wilderness scout Natty Bumppo. Readers' fascination with the rugged character prompted Cooper to pen a series featuring Bumppo and his adventures in the wild: The Last of the Mohicans (1826), The Prairie (1827), The Pathfinder (1840), and The Deerslayer (1841).

*  The Pioneers   by James Fenimore Cooper
*  The Prairie   by James Fenimore Cooper
*  The Pathfinder   by James Fenimore Cooper
*  The Deerslayer   by James Fenimore Cooper

Twain's Critique

In a well-known piece entitled "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," fellow writer Mark Twain ripped Cooper's work to shreds. "It is a restful chapter in any book of [Cooper's] when somebody doesn't step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around," Twain dryly observed.

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Cooper's First Bestseller

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The Spy
by James Fenimore Cooper
Cooper's second novel, The Spy (1821), was set in the Revolutionary War and introduced popular-fiction fans to a cast of memorable (if a bit archetypal) American characters. The book garnered him international fame and wealth, marking the beginning of his career as America's first bestselling novelist.

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								Gleanings in Europe: Italy, Author: 
								James Fenimore Cooper, John Conron (intro.), Constance Ayers Denne (intro.).

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Gleanings in Europe: Italy
by James Fenimore Cooper, John Conron (intro.), Constance Ayers Denne (intro.)
Despite the cloud of scandal created by his often antidemocratic stance, Cooper's later works -- including the four-volume collection Gleanings in Europe (1837-38), a detailed recollection of his his travels abroad -- were commercial hits with readers of the day.

*Gleanings in Europe: France  by James Fenimore Cooper
*Gleanings in Europe: Switzerland  by James Fenimore Cooper
*Gleanings in Europe: The Rhine  by James Fenimore Cooper
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