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The Last of the Mohicans (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140390247
ISBN10: 0140390243
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Cooper's most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition.

Set against the French and Indian siege of Fort William Henry in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans recounts the story of two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, who are struggling to be reunited with their father. They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw.

In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation.

Synopsis:

Set in 1757, during the American colonial wars between the English and French, this second of Cooper's five tales shows both camps united in dispossessing the native Indians and concentrates on the adventures of three men on their way to join the besieged Fort William Henry on Lake George.

Synopsis:

At the centre of the novel is the celebrated 'Massacre' of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757. Around this historical event, Cooper built a romantic fiction of captivity, sexuality, and heroism, in which the destiny of the Mohican Chingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye the frontier scout.

About the Author

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) grew up at Otsego Hall, his father’s manorial estate near Lake Otsego in upstate New York. Educated at Yale, he spent five years at sea, as a foremast hand and then as a midshipman in the navy. At thirty he was suddenly plunged into a literary career when his wife challenged his claim that he could write a better book that the English novel he was reading to her. The result was Precaution (1820), a novel of manners. His second book, The Spy (1821), was an immediate success, and with The Pioneers (1823) he began his series of Leatherstocking Tales. By 1826 when The Last of the Mohicans appeared, his standing as a major novelist was clearly established. From 1826 to 1833 Cooper and his family lived and traveled in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Two of his most successful works, The Prairie and The Red Rover, were published in 1827. He returned to Otsego Hall in 1834, and after a series of relatively unsuccessful books of essays, travel sketches, and history, he returned to fiction – and to Leatherstocking – with The Pathfinder (1840) and The Deerslayer (1841). In his last decade he faced declining popularity brought on in part by his waspish attacks on critics and political opponents. Just before his death in 1851 an edition of his works led to a reappraisal of his fiction and somewhat restored his reputation as the first of American writers.

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thepritchetts, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by thepritchetts)
One of the best adventure novels that I have ever read. This book is one of 5 in a series by James Fenimore Cooper concerning his character Natty Bumpo. It is the best of the five, but the others are not far behind.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390247
Introduction:
Slotkin, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Slotkin, Richard
Introduction:
Slotkin, Richard
Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore
Author:
Slotkin, Richard
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Indian captivities
Subject:
Television plays
Subject:
Bumppo, natty (fictitious character)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Mohegan Indians.
Subject:
Bumppo, Natty
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1979 ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Leatherstocking Tale
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
19860731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.79x5.03x.77 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140390247 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Set in 1757, during the American colonial wars between the English and French, this second of Cooper's five tales shows both camps united in dispossessing the native Indians and concentrates on the adventures of three men on their way to join the besieged Fort William Henry on Lake George.
"Synopsis" by , At the centre of the novel is the celebrated 'Massacre' of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757. Around this historical event, Cooper built a romantic fiction of captivity, sexuality, and heroism, in which the destiny of the Mohican Chingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye the frontier scout.

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