James Fenimore Cooper1789 - 1851

James Fenimore Cooper

The author of thirty-two novels, a history of the American navy, five travel books, and two major works of social criticism, James Fenimore Cooper was among the most important writers of his time a writer who helped chart the future course of American fiction. He wrote novels of manners, transatlantic and European fiction, and several historical novels on the American Revolution.

Cooper was one of the most popular 19th-century American authors, and his work was admired greatly throughout the world. Some of his admirers include: Franz Schubert, Blazac, Thoreau, Tolstoy, and Melville. Even though Mark Twain was critical of Cooper’s writing style, his novels are probably the books that most influenced his own Huckleberry Finn (Baym 484).

Cooper was one of the first major American novelists to include African, African-American and Native American characters in his works.

The Last of the Mohicans

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The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757 (1826), the second novel in the Leatherstocking series.

  • Natty Bumppo/Scout/Hawk-eye
  • Chingachgook
  • Uncas

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