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The Prairie (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

The final novel in Coopers epic, The Prairie depicts Natty Bumppo at the end of his life, still displaying his indomitable strength and dignity.

Synopsis:

Infused with imaginative vitality, James Fenimore Cooper's romantic tale of adventure was immediately successful when first published in 1824.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390261
Editor:
Nevius, Blake
Introduction:
Nevius, Blake
Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore
Author:
Nevius, Blake
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Bumppo, Natty
Subject:
West (U.S.) History To 1848.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 1501
Publication Date:
19871131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.79x5.09x.75 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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