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The Chainbearer
The Chainbearer (September 2020)
Or, The Littlepage Manuscripts
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Lance Schachterle - Editor
James P. Elliott - Editor
Lance Schachterle - Historical introduction
Wesley T. Mott - Historical introduction
John P. McWilliams - Historical introduction
Lance Schachterle - Explanatory notes

Cooper’s The Chainbearer presents an exciting narrative that interrogates issues of what it means to own land. The novel examines the claims of ownership of wilderness land among Native Americans, New England squatters, and the old New York families with legal deeds.

In 1845 and 1846, James Fenimore Cooper published The Littlepage Manuscripts, a trilogy reflecting on...(Read More)
The Spy
The Spy (February 2020)
A Tale of the Neutral Ground
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
James P. Elliott - Historical introduction
James H. Pickering - Annotator
James P. Elliott - Text established by
Lance Schachterle - Text established by
Jeffrey Walker - Text established by

An exciting Revolutionary War tale of double agents and counterespionage in New York State in 1780.

A year after his imitative first novel Precaution (1820) enjoyed only modest success, James Fenimore Cooper penned The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, a Revolutionary War narrative initiating the American historical romance, a novel and a genre that quickly put to rest the British critic Sydney Smith’s 1820 ...(Read More)
The Wing-and-Wing, Or Le Feu-Follet
The Wing-and-Wing, Or Le Feu-Follet (February 2019)
A Tale
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Lance Schachterle - Historical introduction, notes, and text
Anna Scannavini - Historical introduction, notes, and text

A thrilling novel of seafaring adventure, romance, and Napoleonic history, from the author of The Leatherstocking Tales.

In 1842, James Fenimore Cooper returned to transatlantic themes with a thrilling historical novel set in the Mediterranean Sea, weaving together a characteristically exciting narrative of naval pursuit with a story of lovers separated by religious differences. As the novel unfolds, warships under the co...(Read More)
Notions of the Americans
Notions of the Americans (May 1991)
Picked Up by a Travelling Bachelor
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Gary Williams - Historical introduction and notes

Notions of the Americans in considered Cooper's first work of non-fiction despite a thin overlay of character and plot. Written in the form of a travel narrative, it addresses the widespread ignorance he encountered in Europe about the people and institutions of the United States. It is an exuberant chant of praise for American representative democracy, encapsulating the utopian vision that compelled Cooper's writing career over three decad...(Read More)
The Red Rover
The Red Rover (January 1991)
A Tale
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Thomas Philbrick - Edited, historical notes, and introduction
Marianne Philbrick - Edited, historical notes, and introduction

Turning to his own extensive maritime experience, Cooper's novel, written in Paris in 1827, reflects his immersion in the romantic movement that was sweeping the Continent. European readers enjoyed his poetic and imaginative portrayal of the sea, while American readers were interested in how he depicted the early stirrings of nationalism in the New World decades prior to the Revolution.

Cooper's striking associatio...(Read More)
Satanstoe, or the Littlepage Manuscripts
Satanstoe, or the Littlepage Manuscripts (August 1990)
A Tale of the Colony
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Kay Seymour House - Historical introduction
Constance Ayers Denne - Text established by

Though Satanstoe has been too much neglected by readers of Cooper's time and ours, it is one of his most interesting books, combining nostalgic autobiographical recollections, pictures of manners, action and adventure, and social philosophy in one of the author's happiest experiments in fiction. Ostensibly, it gives a comprehensive view of colonial life and society in New York State in the middle of the eighteenth century, blending all these ...(Read More)
The Two Admirals
The Two Admirals (May 1990)
A Tale
James Fenimore Cooper - Author

Author of the first scholarly history of the United States Navy, James Fenimore Cooper had long hoped to commemorate the American Navy by representing its fleet in action. Since no such fleet existed in 1841, he reverted to the Jacobite War of 1745 when the great British and French fleets contested in the English Channel and the colonial and British fleets were one.

Ever the experimenter in fiction, Cooper achiev...(Read More)
The Deerslayer or the First Warpath
The Deerslayer or the First Warpath (January 1987)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Lance Schachterle - Edited, introduction, and notes

Written during a nostalgic interval during Cooper's stormy battles with the Whig Press, The Deerslayer (1841) is the last of the world-famous Leatherstocking Tales in point of composition, though first in the biographical sequence. Employing physical adventure and violence in a mythopoetic setting drawn largely from his own youthful experience, Cooper evokes the stages of Natty's initiation as a subtly allegorical medium for instilling perma...(Read More)
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1986)
The Rhine
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Ernest Redekop - Historical introduction
Maurice Geracht - Historical introduction
Thomas Philbrick - Text established by
Maurice Geracht - Text established by

Gleanings in Europe: The Rhine is an account of James Fenimore Cooper's travels in Europe at the time of the 1832 revolt in Paris, when he hoped General Lafayette would be declared President of France and when all of Europe was the stage for the morality play of French politics.

Published in 1836 after General Lafayette's death, the book is, in part, an apologia for Lafayette, Cooper's ideal political man. Thus it is essential...(Read More)
The Pilot
The Pilot (June 1986)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Kay Seymour House - Historical introduction and notes

Having drawn on local knowledge and private information for The Spy and on his own boyhood experiences for The Pioneers, it was inevitable that Cooper would seek a way to convert yet another area of his special knowledge into art. His first choice of career had been the U.S. Navy, in which he served as a midshipman from 1808 to 1810.

In 1823, Cooper began writing The Pilot, which he saw as a sea novel that seamen would a...(Read More)
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