The Last of the Mohicans

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 433 pages
The second of Cooper's five Leatherstocking Tales, this is the one which has consistently captured the imagination of generations since it was first published in 1826. It's success lies partly in the historical role Cooper gives to his Indian characters, against the grain of accumulated racialhostility, and partly in his evocation of the wild beautiful landscapes of North America which the French and the British fought to control throughout the eighteenth century. At the centre of the novel is the celebrated `Massacre' of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757. Around this historical event, Cooper built a romantic fiction of captivity, sexuality, and heroism, in which the destiny of the MohicansChingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye the frontier scout. The controlled, elaborate writing gives natural pace to the violence of the novel's action: like the nature whose plundering Copper laments, the books placid surfaces concealinexplicable and deathly forces.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
A Chronology of 7ames Fenimore Cooper
xxiii
Introduction 1831
xxviii
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
399
Explanatory Notes
426
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About the author (1998)

John P. McWilliams is Professor of American Literature at Middlebury College, Vermont.

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