What is James Fenimore Cooper’s explanation for the feeble state of American literature when he began writing? What is the basis of his conviction that American literature would become a powerful influence in the world?
Cooper was one of the earliest exponents of several subgenres of the novel other than that represented by the Leatherstocking Tales. These include the spy novel, the sea novel, and the novel of political satire. Which works exemplify his achievements in these modes of fiction?
Explain how the stages of Natty Bumppo’s life mirror changes in American society over several decades.
Is Cooper’s Chingachgook a plausible character?
In what respects is Mark Twain’s essay “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences” unfair to Cooper?