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James Fenimore Cooper, acclaimed as one of the first American novelists, was born in Burlington, N.J., on September 15, 1789. When he was one year old, his family moved to Cooperstown, N.Y., which was founded by his father. Cooper attended various grammar schools in Burlington, Cooperstown, and Albany, and entered Yale University in 1803 at the age of 13. In 1806, Cooper was expelled from Yale for pushing a rag with gunpowder under a classmate's door, causing it to explode. He then spent some time as a merchant seaman and served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy from 1808-1811. In 1811, Cooper married Susan De Lancey, and lived the life of a country gentleman until one day in 1820. Cooper and his wife were reading a book together. When Cooper told Susan that he could write a better book than the one they were reading, she challenged him to do so. Thus began his career as an author, with Precaution (first published anonymously). Cooper is known for writing more than 50 works under his own name, Jane Morgan, and Anonymous. His works included fiction, nonfiction, history, and travel sketches. He gained insight for his travel works while the Cooper family lived in Europe from 1826 to 1833. Cooper is best known for the novel The Last of The Mohicans, which has been made into several motion picture adaptations, the most recent starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye. The Last of the Mohicans is part of The Leatherstocking Tales, which includes the other novels, The Pioneers, The Deerslayer, and The Pathfinder. Hawkeye, whose given name is Nathaniel Bumpo, is a recurring character in the series which accurately chronicles early American pioneering life and events during the French and Indian War. In 1851, Cooper developed a liver condition, dying on September 14th of that year, just one day before his 62nd birthday. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Last of the Mohicans… (more)
The Last of the Mohicans 12,276 copies, 118 reviews
The Deerslayer 2,645 copies, 31 reviews
The Pathfinder; or, The Inland Sea 1,327 copies, 13 reviews
The Pioneers 1,135 copies, 11 reviews
The Prairie 1,035 copies, 12 reviews
The Spy 723 copies, 15 reviews
The Pathfinder / The Deerslayer 407 copies, 1 review
The Leatherstocking Tales 342 copies, 5 reviews
The Pilot 297 copies, 3 reviews
The Pilot / The Red Rover 263 copies, 1 review
The Wild West 216 copies
The Red Rover (Author) 181 copies, 5 reviews
The Wing-and-Wing or Le Feu-Follet (Author) 134 copies, 2 reviews
The Two Admirals 99 copies, 3 reviews
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The Crater (Author) 64 copies, 1 review
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Home as Found 58 copies
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The Heidenmauer (Author) 27 copies
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New York 13 copies
The Lake Gun 7 copies
La Sentimulo (Facila Esperanto) (Author) 6 copies, 1 review
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The Eclipse 3 copies
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Cooper James Fenimore 2 copies, 1 review
Stories from Fenimore Cooper 2 copies, 1 review
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The Spy's Bedside Book (Contributor) 336 copies, 1 review
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 285 copies, 3 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 264 copies, 4 reviews
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1 (Contributor, some editions) 246 copies
The Portable Conservative Reader (Contributor) 207 copies, 1 review
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (Contributor) 162 copies
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James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851) was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances depicting frontier and Native American life from the 17th to the 19th centuries created a unique form of American literature. He lived much of his boyhood and the last fifteen years of life in Cooperstown, New York, which was founded by his father William on property that he owned. Cooper became a member of the Episcopal Church shortly before his death and contributed generously to it. He attended Yale University for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society.

After a stint on a commercial voyage, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, where he learned the technology of managing sailing vessels which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about espionage set during the American Revolutionary War and published in 1821. He also created American sea stories. His best-known works are five historical novels of the frontier period, written between 1823 and 1841, known as the Leatherstocking Tales, which introduced the iconic American frontier scout, Natty Bumppo. Cooper's works on the U.S. Navy have been well received among naval historians, but they were sometimes criticized by his contemporaries. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece. Throughout his career, he published numerous social, political, and historical works of fiction and non-fiction with the objective of countering European prejudices and nurturing an original American art and culture.
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