At the dawn of America's continental empire, James Fenimore Cooper
in the early 1800s became the new nation's first major novelist,
inaugurating a great period in American literature and bequeathing
a number of classic texts including the Leather-Stocking Tales.
This Companion to Cooper's writings appeals to high school and
college students by outlining Cooper's most frequently assigned
novels and establishing their historical backgrounds concerning
American Indians and the early United States. Two opening chapters
review the author's life and accomplishments, and another offers
tips for managing Cooper's style and subject matter. Cooper's
breakthrough novel The Spy (1821), which features George Washington
as a major actor, has a chapter of its own. The second half of the
Companion highlights the Leather-Stocking Tales, with one chapter
on the overall saga and five chapters devoted to the individual
novels in the series: The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The
Pathfinder, The Pioneers, and The Prairie. Altogether this
Companion shares the spirit of adventure that made Cooper a pioneer
of American Romantic literature and his writings a perennial source
for ideas and images of Native America, the frontier, and the early
- The Spy
- The Deerslayer
- The Last of the Mohicans
- The Pathfinder
- The Pioneers
- The Prairie
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