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The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans (June 1983)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
James Franklin Beard - Historical intro.
James A. Sappenfield - Text
James A. Sappenfield - Text by
E. N. Feltskog - Text
E. N. Feltskog - Text by

Celebrated for almost 150 years as the prototype of the American adventure story, The Last of the Mohicans remains a perennial favorite, an astonishingly complex work to be read on many levels. Irradiated by an elusive irony that gives epic scope to the American colonial experience, it projects on a broad canvas the futile efforts of European armies to wrest a glorious wilderness from the Indians and each other. It speaks with compassion of...(Read More)
 
 
Wyandotte, or the Hutted Knoll
Wyandotte, or the Hutted Knoll (June 1981)
A Tale
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Thomas Philbrick - Edited, historical notes, and introduction
Marianne Philbrick - Edited, historical notes, and introduction

"One of the misfortunes of a nation, is to hear little besides its own praises," wrote James Fenimore Cooper in his Preface to Wyandottein 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 objecte...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1981)
England
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Donald A. Ringe - Hist., intro., and notes
Kenneth W. Staggs - Hist., introduction, notes, and text
James P. Elliott - Text
James P. Elliott - Text by
Robert D. Madison - Text
Robert D. Madison - Text by


A contemporaneous reviewer called James Fenimore Cooper's England "unquestionably the most searching and thoughtful, not TO say philosophical of any" of the books "published by an American on England.
"Another cited with approval the "potent causticity" with which a fellow reviewer "develope[d] the gangrene of the author's mind in its most foul and diseased state."

Such were the ext...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1981)
Italy
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Constance Ayers Denne - Text
Constance Ayers Denne - Text by
John Conron - Hist., intro., and notes
Constance Ayers Denne - Hist., intro., and notes

Describing Italy as "the only region of the earth that I truly love," James Fenimore Cooper used the style of picturesque impressionism to convey his vision of Italy as the microcosm of an ordered and a beautiful world.

In theory, the picturesque style of writing could produce verbal sketches that embodied a visual complexity similar to that of the great Baroque and Romantic landscape paintings. In practice, the hundreds of travel books writ...(Read More)
 
 
The Pathfinder
The Pathfinder (June 1980)
or the Inland Sea
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Richard D. Rust - Hist., introduction, notes, and text

The Pathfinder in 1840, James Fenimore Cooper engaged in what he called the "hazardous experiment" of reviving one of his most popular characters who had been allowed to die in a previous novel.

Natty Bumppo--who had appeared as Leatherstocking in The Pioneers, as Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans, and who had died as the Trapper in The Prairie--appears again as the hero of The Pathfinder. Encouraged by h...(Read More)
 
 
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1980)
Switzerland
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Kenneth W. Staggs - Text
Kenneth W. Staggs - Text by
James P. Elliott - Text
James P. Elliott - Text by
Robert E. Spiller - Hist., introduction, and text
James Franklin Beard - Hist., introduction, and text

In the summer of 1828 James Fenimore Cooper, his wife, and their five children set out from Paris for Switzerland, and Cooper wrote that he experienced a "glorious anticipation," for "a common-place converse with men was about to give place to a sublime communion with Nature."

Sketches of Switzerland, the book which describes this experience and which is republished here for the first time in the United States since its original issue ...(Read More)
 
 
The Pioneers or the Sources of the Susquehanna
The Pioneers or the Sources of the Susquehanna (June 1980)
A Descriptive Tale
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
James Franklin Beard - Hist., intro., and notes
Lance Schachterle - Text
Lance Schachterle - Text by
Kenneth M. Andersen Jr. - Text
Kenneth M. Andersen Jr. - Text by

Written in 1821-22 at a crucial point in Cooper's life and based on some of his most cherished youthful memories, The Pioneers today evokes the American pioneering experience with astonishing vibrance of authentic detail and a largeness of philosophic grasp seldom if ever equaled in our fiction.

The circumstances behind the composition and publication of the book are here explained for the first time; and the text, originally set without comp...(Read More)
 
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