Susan Fenimore Cooper Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Kimball, Sue Laslie. “Susan Augusta Fenimore Cooper.” In American National Biography, Vol. 5, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, pp. 460-61. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Brief biographical sketch of Cooper's family life, education, and writing career.


Allibone, S. Austin. “Miss Susan Fenimore Cooper.” In A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors Living and Deceased, Vol. 1, p. 427. 1858. Reprint, Detroit: Gale Research, 1965.

Contains a brief entry on Cooper, including excerpts from contemporary reviews of her books.

Baym, Max I., and Percy Matenko. “The Odyssey of The Water-Witch and a Susan Fenimore Cooper Letter.” New York History 51 (January 1970): 32-41.

Details the Cooper family's European years and James Fenimore Cooper's writing and publication of The Water Witch, including Susan Fenimore Cooper's comments on the work.

Baym, Nina. Review of Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper, edited by Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson. New England Quarterly 73, no. 1 (March 1999): 130-34.

Praises the 1998 edition of Cooper's nature journal, citing its textual accuracy and suggesting that it will introduce a new generation of readers to an important American text.

Johnson, Rochelle. “Placing Rural Hours.” In Reading under the Sign of Nature: New Essays in Ecocriticism, edited by John Tallmadge and Henry Harrington, pp. 64-84. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2000.

Discusses Cooper's Rural Hours in the context of contemporary nature writing, most notably Thoreau's Walden, and within the tradition of nineteenth-century women's writing.

Kurth, Rosaly Torna. “Susan Fenimore Cooper: An Annotated Checklist of Her Writings.” New York History 58 (1977): 173-93.

Provides a brief biography of Cooper and an annotated list of her writings, including introductions she produced for her father's novels.

Additional coverage of Cooper's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Nature Writers; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 239, 254; Literature Resource Center.