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Notions of the Americans
Notions of the Americans (May 1991)
Picked Up by a Travelling Bachelor
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Gary Williams - Hist., intro., 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 intro.
Constance Ayers Denne - Text
Constance Ayers Denne - Text 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 intro.
Maurice Geracht - Historical intro.
Thomas Philbrick - Text
Thomas Philbrick - Text by
Maurice Geracht - Text
Maurice Geracht - Text 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 - Hist., intro., 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)
 
 
Prairie, The: A Tale
Prairie, The: A Tale (June 1985)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
James P. Elliott - Hist., intro., and notes

In the spring of 1826, soon after the publication of The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper immersed himself in The Prairie. In taking Natty Bumppo from his beloved forests of New York state to the Great American Plains, Cooper was in part fulfilling his own prophecy at the end of The Pioneers. Though he was certainly recalling the periodic westward removals of Daniel Boone, one of the prototypes of Natty Bumppo, he was...(Read More)
 
 
Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston
Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston (June 1985)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Donald A. Ringe - Hist., intro., and notes
Lucy B. Ringe - Hist., intro., and notes

Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the beginnings of the American Revolution, Lionel Lincoln was a radically new experiment in historical fiction. To recreate its events with the utmost accuracy, Cooper visited Boston in person in 1824 to study buildings and terrain, examine battlefields, read affidavits, consult records of the weather, and compare primary sources. George Bancroft declared in 1852 that Cooper had "described ...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1983)
France
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Thomas Philbrick - Hist., intro., and notes
Constance Ayers Denne - Text
Constance Ayers Denne - Text by
Thomas Philbrick - Text
Thomas Philbrick - Text by

France (1837) was the third volume published in Cooper's Gleanings in Europe series, but first in the chronology of his European experience. Less sequential than his other travel narratives, France distills his impressions of French and European culture during his first two years abroad. Exhibiting many qualities of the familiar essay, it considers a wide range of topics of interest to Cooper, his friends, and potential readers i...(Read More)
 
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