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The Pioneers: Or, the Sources of the Susquehanna: A Descriptive Tale (Signet Classics)

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MEET NATTY BUMPPO

The first volume in the famous Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers introduces Natty Bumppo, the quintessential American hunter and frontiersman who struggles to defend his cherished freedom.

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:
9780451530479
Author:
Cooper, James Fenimore
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Introduction by:
Cavitch, Max
Introduction:
Cavitch, Max
Author:
Cavitch, Max
Author:
Spiller, Robert E.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.76x4.28x1.27 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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