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The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics)by James Fenimore Cooper
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The deadly crack of a long rifle and the piercing cries of Indians on the warpath shatter the serenity of beautiful Lake Glimmerglass. Danger has invaded the vast forests of upper New York State as Deerslayer and his loyal Mohican friend Chingachgook attempt the daring rescue of an Indian maiden imprisoned in a Huron camp. Soon they are caught in the cross fire between a cunning enemy and two white bounty hunters who mercilessly kill for profit.
The last of the Leatherstocking Tales to be written, though first in the chronology of the heros life, The Deerslayer is James Fenimore Coopers masterpiece. A fine combination of romance, adventure, and morality, this classic novel of the frontier is an eloquent beginning for Coopers great wildernes saga—and an unforgettable introduction to the famous character who has been said to embody the conscience of America: the noble woodsman Deerslayer.
The Deerslayer is the last-written of Cooper's Leatherstocking tales, but the first in the development of the hero, Natty Bumppo. Here Cooper returns Leatherstocking to his youth and to a pristine wilderness that D.H. Lawrence said was perhaps 'lovelier than any place created in language'.
About the Author
Leslie A. Fiedler is Distinguished Professor and holds the Samuel L. Clemens Chair in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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