James Fenimore Cooper: The Later Years, Volume 2

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Yale University Press, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 805 pages
A definitive new biography of James Fenimore Cooper, early nineteenth century master of American popular fiction

American author James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) has been credited with inventing and popularizing a wide variety of genre fiction, including the Western, the spy novel, the high seas adventure tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. America's first crusading novelist, Cooper reminds us that literature is not a cloistered art; rather, it ought to be intimately engaged with the world.

In this second volume of his definitive biography, Wayne Franklin concentrates on the latter half of Cooper's life, detailing a period of personal and political controversy, far-ranging international travel, and prolific literary creation. We hear of Cooper's progressive views on race and slavery, his doubts about American expansionism, and his concern about the future prospects of the American Republic, while observing how his groundbreaking career management paved the way for later novelists to make a living through their writing. Franklin offers readers the most comprehensive portrait to date of this underappreciated American literary icon.
 

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Contents

From Manhattan to Paris
1
London and the Alps
31
Italian Skies
63
Imaginary Politics
91
Republican Principles
124
Rough Homecoming
153
Public Versus Private
185
Libels on Libels
213
At Sea
315
Coming on Shore
352
Florida and the Pacific
385
Speculations
426
Last Words
468
Endings
502
Coopers Libel Suits
539
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
543

A Legacy Reclaimed
251
Illustrations
268
Piecework and Patchwork
278
NOTES
551
INDEX
773
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About the author (2017)

Wayne Franklin is professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His biography James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2008 by the AAUP and Choice magazine. He lives in Hebron, CT.

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