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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
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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)
Prairie, The: A Tale
Prairie, The: A Tale (June 1985)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
James P. Elliott - Historical introduction 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)
Gleanings in Europe
Gleanings in Europe (June 1981)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Donald A. Ringe - Historical introduction and notes
Kenneth W. Staggs - Historical introduction, notes, and text
James P. Elliott - Text established by
Robert D. Madison - Text established 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 1980)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Kenneth W. Staggs - Text established by
James P. Elliott - Text established by
Robert E. Spiller - Historical introduction and text
James Franklin Beard - Historical 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)
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