James Fenimore Cooper Essay - James Fenimore Cooper Long Fiction Analysis

James Fenimore Cooper Long Fiction Analysis

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James Fenimore Cooper was a historian of America. His novels span American history, dramatizing central events from Columbus’s discovery (Mercedes of Castile) through the French and Indian Wars and the early settlement (the Leatherstocking Tales) to the Revolution (The Spy and The Pilot) and the contemporary events of the Littlepage and Miles Wallingford novels. In some of his European novels, he examines major intellectual developments, such as the Reformation, that he thought important to American history, and in many of his novels he reviews the whole of American history, attempting to complete his particular vision of America by inventing a tradition for the new nation. Modern criticism is divided...

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