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James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Wayne Franklin

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) invented the key forms of American fiction—the Western, the sea tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. Furthermore, Cooper turned novel writing from a polite ... More


Fenimore Farm

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper's establishment of the Fenimore Farm in Otsego, New York. It explains that Cooper established his sheep farm on the sixty-five acre land and discusses the ... More


Love and War

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper's decision to resign from the U.S. Navy in April 1810. It discusses Captain James Lawrence's rejection of his resignation and marriage to Susan Augusta de ... More


Lessons

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the education of James Fenimore Cooper. It describes Cooper's early education in Cooperstown, New York under Yale graduate Joshua Dewey in the Otsego Academy that his father ... More


New Ideas of Race: The Last of the Mohicans

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (1826), is an important expression of the myth of the last of the race not merely for its popularity or influence, but because it was the first novel ... More


Legal Troubles

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the legal problems of James Fenimore Cooper during the early 1820s. It focuses on the Bridgen suit, a series of three successive New York Chancery Court bills filed against the ... More


Literary Business

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the problems in James Fenimore Cooper's literary business in the mid-1820s. It discusses his decision to withdraw from his business relationship with his publishing agent ... More


Hawk-eye

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the weak sales of James Fenimore Cooper's novel Lionel Lincoln. It suggests that part of what had gone awry over the eighteen months between the conception of the book and its ... More


“Revelation to US”: Green Shoots of Romantic Religion in Antebellum America

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

By the early nineteenth century, in writings by Bryant, Cooper, and Emerson, one can observe a growing Romantic tendency to imagine Nature in religious terms--as a favored site of worship and a ... More


The Vision

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the influence of “the Vision” on the works of James Fenimore Cooper. It explains that the Vision is Lake Otsego, which Cooper called Glimmerglass in 1841. It highlights Cooper's ... More


Taking Manhattan

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper's literary career in New York City. It discusses his founding of the Bread and Cheese Club, or the “Lunch,” an all-male soiree of expansive membership, in ... More


Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, and the Maori

Geoffrey Sanborn

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751693
eISBN:
9780199894819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751693.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, World Literature

This book combines history, biography, and close reading to produce radically new interpretations of two of the most important novels in American history. After an introductory chapter ... More


Old Tales and New

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper's work on the novel The Pilot. It suggests that the novel was inspired by Walter Scott's The Pirate and that his work on this novel was an indirect effort ... More


Gains and Losses

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the relocation of James Fenimore Cooper and his family to Heathcote Hill, New York. It describes the financial ups and downs of Cooper, starting with the establishment of a ... More


Legends

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the strong sales of James Fenimore Cooper's The Pilot and his work on his next novel Lionel Lincoln. It explains that Cooper envisioned Lionel Lincoln to be the first in the ... More


Tarrying with the National: Fantasizing the Subject of State

Jason Berger

in Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses nation as a subject of maritime narratives. Maritime endeavors play an important role in the nation’s economic, military, and spatial development. Timely national issues within ... More


Midshipman James Cooper

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the sailor James Fenimore Cooper's promotion to the post of midshipman. It discusses his application to the U.S. Navy and his acceptance in 1808 under Commodore John Rodgers. It ... More


An American Tale

Wayne Franklin

in James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on James Fenimore Cooper's second book The Spy. It explains that this book was a tale of national origins and suggests that his designs on the English reading public indicates ... More


Secret Origins

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines how early nineteenth-century American authors employed heroic fiction to define the national character at a time when the United States was engaging modernity on its own terms ... More


Loyalty, Independence, And James Fenimore Cooper's Revolution

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830: Writing, Fighting, and Marrying for Money

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636440
eISBN:
9780748651603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter considers the early novels of James Fenimore Cooper. One of these is The Spy, which features problems of wartime heroism and creates a dialectical relationship between the mercenary and ... More


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