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James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was an American author. His works include The Spy (1821), The Pioneers (1823), The Pilot (1832), The Last of the Mohicans (1826), The Prairie (1827), The American Democrat (1838), The Pathfinder (1840), and The Deerslayer (1841).[1]

Life and Works

Cooper was born on September 15, 1789 in New Jersey.[2] His first book, Precaution, was published anonymously in 1920.[3] However, his most famous series is likely the Leatherstocking Tales, a series of books about Natty "Hawkeye" Bumppo including The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer.[4] He died on September 14, 1851, in Cooperstown.[5]

Cooper is considered to have been influenced by Jane Austen, though the connections are invisible in the majority of his works.[6] He was also criticized by Mark Twain.[7]


  1. The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall: New York, 1993.
  4. Dekker, George. "James Fenimore Cooper." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
  7. Twain, Mark. The Literary Offenses of Fenimore Cooper.

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