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James Fenimore Cooper "The Early Years"

James Fenimore Cooper The Early Years. The author, Wayne Franklin, discerns a heroic response to the challenge of commercial authorship in culturally backward America. Although acknowledging that debt drove Cooper to write too fast, Franklin still lauds the novelist for fiction that captures the tensions of a turbulent society in the making.

Ending with Cooper's departure for Europe in 1826, this volume profoundly enriches our understanding of how the young writer helped forge our national mythology in works such as The Last of the Mohicans and The Pioneers. 

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James Fenimore Cooper "The Early Years"