The Deerslayer

The Deerslayer

Book - 1987
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James Fenimore Cooper's spirited romance has been praised for its authenticity as a portrait of life during America's western movement.

At Lake Otsego, during the French and Indian Wars, great frontiersman Natty Bumppo forsakes his love to come to the aid of Thomas Hutter, a trapper under the attack of Iroquois Indians.

Published in 1841, The Deerslayer is the first of the 'Leatherstocking Tales,' which reveal the courageous and perseverant nature of the pioneer. Recognized for his descriptive power, Cooper created in Natty Bumppo a mythical character-one of the most significant in the history of American literature.

The text of this book was approved by the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association and published in hardcover by the State University of New York Press.

Introduction by DONALD E. PEASE

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1987.
ISBN: 9780140390612
0140390618
Branch Call Number: F COO
Characteristics: xxvii, 548 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: The deer slayer.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 06, 2015

"Deerslayer is the name I bear now. . ."
Did James Fenimore Cooper invent the prequel? "The Deerslayer" is the fifth entry in the 5 books known collectively as the "Leatherstocking Tales," but the action takes place before the other books. It's easy to mock Cooper, who along with Washington Irving, was really our first professional writer. Yes, his prose can be clumsy, his plotting heavy, and his romantic spirit a little corny. Twain castigated him for writing "about the poorest English that exists in our language." Ouch. Prose aside, Cooper created an iconic character in Natty Bumpo (aka Hawkeye, aka Deerslayer), the archetypal lone man in the wilderness. Conscious of myth-making (similar to Walter Scott), he set the stage for generations of American writers who dealt with nature, the defects of civilization, and Native Americans. His treatment of the latter veers towards sentimentality, but there is more nuance and understanding than he's often give credit for. An essential series for understanding American lit. and American mythology.

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