Barker, Martin, and Roger Sabin. The Lasting of the Mohicans: History of an American Myth. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995. From the series Studies in Popular Culture. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Boynton, Henry Walcott. James Fenimore Cooper. New York: Century Co., 1931. Focuses on Cooper the man rather than Cooper the writer. Boynton notes Cooper’s faults but tends to gloss over them or explain them away.
Clark, Robert, ed. James Fenimore Cooper: New Critical Essays. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes & Noble Books, 1985. Each of the eight essays in this collection covers a different aspect of Cooper’s fiction; most focus on a specific novel. A complete index helps the student find references to a particular work or theme.
Darnell, Donald. James Fenimore Cooper: Novelist of Manners. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1993. Explores manners and customs in literature. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Dyer, Alan Frank, comp. James Fenimore Cooper: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. A good starting point for research.
Fields, W., ed. James Fenimore Cooper: A Collection of Critical Essays. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1979. The collection of new essays at the end of this book offers much of value to beginning students of Cooper, though the essays are not indexed. The first section of the book is a selection of nineteenth century reviews of Cooper’s novels.
Franklin, Wayne. James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years. New Haven: Yale, 2007. Part one of a planned two-part biography of Cooper covering his life from birth until he left Europe in 1826. His personal life along with the writing and publishing of The Last of the Mohicans are covered in this easy to read and informative biography.
Franklin, Wayne. The New World of James Fenimore...