James Fenimore Cooper

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Small, Maynard, 1900 - Novelists, American - 149 pages
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A critical biography presenting a summing-up of 19th century opinion of the great American author.

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Page 61 - This man, who has shown so much genius, has a good deal of the manner, or want of manner, peculiar to his countrymen...
Page 51 - Chancellor had jrpiced the general feeling by toasting him as the " genius which has rendered our native soil classic ground, and given to our early history the enchantment of fiction.
Page 49 - ... object in his going to Washington was to see more of a large deputation of Indian chiefs, from the Western tribes, of whom he had seen much while they were in New York. He had become much interested in them, and studied them closely. They were chiefly Pawnees and Sioux, and among them was Petelasharoo, a very fine specimen of a warrior, a remarkable man in every way.
Page 71 - I never met with a more sincere, warm-hearted, constant friend. No man came nearer to the ideal I had formed of a truly high-minded man.
Page 7 - because their writers would not have placed them first in the books if they did not intend people to read them first;" spent his money freely, and sometimes that of other people; was particularly tenacious of the ritual, and of all the decencies of the church ; detested a democrat as he did the devil; cracked his jokes daily about Mr. Jefferson and Black Sal...
Page 144 - I thought you'd do that, I should feel very ill at ease; The men who have given to one character life And objective existence, are not very rife, You may number them all, both prose-writers and singers, Without overrunning the bounds of your fingers, And Natty won't go to oblivion quicker Than Adams the parson or Primrose the vicar.
Page 42 - ... they always mean to say and do what they believe to be right and just — it may be popular, but it can not be true. The word people applies to all the individual inhabitants of a country. . . . That portion of them who individually mean well never was, nor until the millennium will be, considerable. Pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication and with it a thousand pranks and fooleries •• I do not expect mankind will, before the millennium, be what they ought to be;...
Page 87 - Resolved also, That we will and do denounce any man as sycophant, who has, or shall, ask permission of James F. Cooper to visit the Point in question.
Page ix - ... that near the time of its appearance I was informed of an observation made upon it by one highly distinguished in the literature of our country and of the age, between whom and the author an unhappy coolness had for some years existed. As he finished the reading of the Pathfinder he exclaimed, "They may say what they will of Cooper ; the man who wrote this book is not only a great man but a good man.
Page 91 - Point," though legal, was churlish, and impelled by the spirit of the dog in the manger; whereupon Cooper sued the editor for libel, -recovered a verdict, and collected it by taking the money — through a sheriff's officer — from the editor's trunk. By this time, several Whig journalists had taken up the cudgels for the villagers and their brother editor ; and, as Mr. Cooper had recently...

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