A biography of james fenimore cooper an american author

Inat the height of his popularity, he sailed for Europe for what became a seven year stay. Still, despite such harsh criticism from an American literary master, Cooper managed to continue enjoying great success. The novel featured a resourceful American woodsman, Natty Bumppo. He was executed without court-martial along with two other sailors aboard the Somers for allegedly attempting mutiny.

He publicly announced his intentions to author such a historical work while abroad before departing for Europe in Mayduring a parting speech at a dinner given in his honor: Encouraged by your kindness, Cooper's wife Susan survived her husband only by a few months and was buried by his side at Cooperstown.

In The Pathfinder he is explicitly described as an American Adam, while in The Deerslayer he demonstrates his fitness as a warrior-saint by passing a series of moral trials and revealing a keen, though untutored, aesthetic sensibility. Following the publication of his first novel, he wrote several others.

Cooper crafted a unique form of literature writing historical romances about frontier and indian life. It was in this amateur spirit that he wrote and published his first fictionreputedly on a challenge from his wife. With a pleasant enough reception, he published The Spy: He was the eleventh child of William Cooper and Elizabeth Cooper.

Bumppo was also the main character of Cooper's most famous novel The Last of the Mohicanswritten in New York City where Cooper and his family lived from to Between and he lived in New York City and participated in its intellectual life, founding the Bread and Cheese Clubwhich included such members as the poets Fitz-Greene Halleck and William Cullen Bryantthe painter and inventor Samuel F.

Last of the Mohicans includes both the character of Magua, who is devoid of almost any redeeming qualities, as well as Chingachgook, the last chief of the Mohicans, who is portrayed as noble, courageous, and heroic.

Cooper intended to bury Leatherstocking in The Prairie, but many years later he resuscitated the character and portrayed his early maturity in The Pathfinder and his youth in The Deerslayer I will take this opportunity of recording the deeds and sufferings of a class of men to which this nation owes a debt of gratitude — a class of men among whom, I am always ready to declare, not only the earliest, but many of the happiest days of my youth have been passed.

Squire Cooper had made himself especially vulnerable to popular feeling when, inhe refused to let local citizens picnic on a family property known as Three Mile Point. Through his novels, most notably The Bravoand other more openly polemical writings, he attacked the corruption and tyranny of oligarchical regimes in Europe.

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Many of his works would eventually reflect his knowledge of the ocean as a wild frontier just as he also wrote about the American frontier in a number of other stories and novels.

Navy after being expelled from Yale after a prank in which he blew up a student's door.

However, it was criticized for accuracy on some points by other students of that period. Cooper died inconsidered one of the most popular 19th century authors, influencing the styple of Henry David Thoreau 's writing, yet he remained more popular in Europe than at home.

His wife Susan survived him by just a few months, and now rests with him. Yet, the weaknesses of Fenimore's fiction are quite well known and wide-spread. Even with this scandal at his heels, Cooper continued to write a school primer, The American Democrat and three more Leatherstocking Tales: Return to America When he returned to America, he settled first in New York City and then for the remainder of his life in Cooperstown.

Cooper continued this political course in The Heidenmauer and The Headsman: Navy and various officers, and his familiarity with naval life at sea provided him the background and connections to research and write this work.

Not satisfied with mere fictional treatment of life at sea, Cooper also wrote a meticulously researched, highly readable History of the Navy of the United States of America It was more successful and became a bestseller; the setting of this Revolutionary War tale is widely believed to have been John Jay's family home "The Locusts" in Rye, New York.

In July he was confirmed in this church by the Reverend Mr. Identified from the start with the vanishing wilderness and its natives, Leatherstocking was an unalterably elegiac figure, wifeless and childless, hauntingly loyal to a lost cause.

Despite his brash take on republicanism, the novel failed to evoke warm response from American readers.Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.

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1 1 1 1. Previous page. Mass Market Paperback James Fenimore Cooper: Two Novels of the American Revolution (LOA #). A definitive new biography of James Fenimore Cooper, early nineteenth century master of American popular fiction American author James Fenimore Cooper (–) has been credited with inventing and popularizing a wide variety of genre fiction, including the Western, the spy novel, the high seas adventure tale, and the Revolutionary War romance.

Biography of James Fenimore Cooper () | Life | Works | James Fenimore Cooper was born on September 15, in Burlington, New Jersey, the eleventh of twelve children.

When he was one year old, he moved with parents William and Elizabeth to Cooperstown on Ostego Lake in central New York. James Fenimore Cooper: James Fenimore Cooper, first major American novelist, author of the novels of frontier adventure known as the Leatherstocking Tales, featuring the wilderness scout called Natty Bumppo, or Hawkeye.

They include The Pioneers (), The Last of the Mohicans (), The Prairie (), The Pathfinder. James Fenimore Cooper [pseudonym Jane Morgan] (), American author and critic wrote The Last of the Mohicans (); "Where are the blossoms of those summers!--fallen, one by one; so all of my family departed, each.

James Fenimore Cooper was a 19th-century American novelist, best known for his Leatherstocking Tales, which included The Last of the Mohicans.

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