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James Fenimore Cooper
|James Fenimore Cooper|
Portrait by John Wesley Jarvis
September 15, 1789|
Burlington, New Jersey
September 14, 1851 (aged 61)|
Cooperstown, New York
|Literary movement||Colonial Realism|
|Notable work(s)||The Last of the Mohicans|
Cooper was born on September 15, 1789 in Burlington, New Jersey. His father was a United States Congressman. James Fenimore was one year old when his family moved to Cooperstown, New York. The community was started by his father.
Precaution was Cooper's first book. It was published anonymously in 1820. In 1823, he published The Pioneers. This book was the first of the Leatherstocking novels. These stories became famous for the fictional character of an American woodsman called Natty Bumppo. Cooper's most famous novel Last of the Mohicans was published in 1826. It became one of the most widely read American novels of the 19th century.
In 1826, Cooper moved his family to Europe. He wanted to make more money as an author. He also wanted to give his children a better education. He continued to write. His books published in Paris include The Red Rover and The Water Witch. These were novels about the sea. His books began taking a political angle. These books are forgotten today. He returned to the United States in 1833.
Cooper moved back to his ancestral home Otsego Hall in Cooperstown. His writing continued in a political vein. His readers did not like this. He returned to fiction books with The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer. These books continued the story of Natty Bumppo. Cooper spent his last years in Cooperstown. He died on September 14, 1851.
- The Pioneers (1823)
- The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
- The Prairie (1827)
- The Pathfinder (1840)
- The Deerslayer (1841)
Photograph by Mathew Brady c. 1850
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- Works by or about James Fenimore Cooper at Internet Archive (scanned books original editions color illustrated)
- Works by James Fenimore Cooper at Project Gutenberg (multiple formats)
- Works by or about James Fenimore Cooper in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- James Fenimore Cooper at Open Library
- James Fenimore Cooper Society Homepage
- James Fenimore Cooper on IMDb
- The Cambridge History of American Literature, Book II, Chapter VI, Fiction I: Brown, Cooper
- James Fenimore Cooper at Find a Grave
- James Fenimore Cooper Society Website
- Essay on Fenimore Cooper: Works in biographical/historical context
- Thomas R. Lounsbury: James Fenimore Cooper. 6th Edition. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1886 (American Men of Letters). PDF from the Arno Schmidt Reference Library
- James Fenimore Cooper at C-SPAN's American Writers: A Journey Through History