Student Companion to James Fenimore Cooper

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 209 стор.

The Student Companion to James Fenimore Cooper 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 modern USA.

 

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The Life or James Fenimore Cooper
1
Coopers Career and Contributions to American and World Literature
13
Reading Cooper Problems of Style and Adventures in Ideas
31
The Spy A Tale of the Neutral Ground 1821
43
The LeatherStocking Tales An Overview
59
The Pioneers or The Sources of the Susquehanna A Descriptive Tale 1823
83
The Last of the Mohicans A Narrative of 1757 1826
101
The Prairie A Tale 1827
125
The Pathfinder or The Inland Sea 1840
147
The Deerslayer or The First WarPath 1841
161
Bibliography
187
Index
203
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Craig White is an associate professor of literature at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he teaches classic and multicultural American and world literature. His articles on American literature, the history of science, and Native American literature have appeared in Modern Language Quarterly, Prospects, Utopian Studies, and Early American Literature.

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