• Cooper's most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition.
    Set against the French and Indian siege of Fort William Henry in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans recounts the story of two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, who are struggling to be reunited with their father. They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw.
    In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation.

  • Cooper's first major success, The Spy, is also his first book set in the period of the American War of Independence. The story starts in 1870 in the area of the country, which was between British-held New York and the Constitutional Army in the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York. The household of mr Wharton and his daughters is visited by the three main protagonists of the story: the mysterious Mr Harper, an American loyalist; Captain Henry Wharton, the son of the hosue and an officer in the British Army; and Mr Harvey Birch, suspected of being a British spy. The differing loyalties of these men are reflected in the differing loyalties of the household they visit with the father trying to remain neutral, his daughter Sarah a supporter of the British and his other daughter Frances supporting the American rebels. The futures of these characters become inextricably linked as they face not only the perils of war, but also the sufferings of the human heart. This is a compelling adventure, which brings to life all the dangers, heartbreak and hope of a society at war with itself.

  • Cooper undertakes a "hazardous experiment" of resurrecting one of his most popular characters, for he had killed off Bumppo in his previous incarnation. This book is noted as a classic account of the American wilderness.

  • MEET NATTY BUMPPO
    The first volume in the famous Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers introduces Natty Bumppo, the quintessential American hunter and frontiersman who struggles to defend his cherished freedom.

  • Vigorous, self-reliant, amazingly resourceful, and moral, Natty Bumppo is the prototype of the Western hero. A faultless arbiter of wilderness justice, he hates middle-class hypocrisy. But he finds his love divided between the woman he has pledged to protect on a treacherous journey and the untouched forest that sustains him in his beliefs. A fast-paced narrative full of adventure and majestic descriptions of early frontier life, Indian raiders, and defenseless outposts, The Pathfinder set the standard for epic action literature.

  • The final novel in Cooper's epic, The Prairie depicts Natty Bumppo at the end of his life, still displaying his indomitable strength and dignity.

  • In this classic novel, James Fenimore Cooper portrays life in a new settlement on New York's Lake Otsego in the closing
    years of the eighteenth century. He describes the year's cycle: the turkey shoot at Christmas, the tapping of maple
    trees, fishing for bass in the evening, the marshalling of the militia.
    But Cooper is also concerned with exploring the development of the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the
    American experience. He writes of the conflicts within the settlement itself, focusing primarily on the contrast between
    the natural codes of the hunter and woodsman Natty Bumppo and his Indian friend John Mohegan and the more rigid
    structure of law needed by a more complex society.
    Quite possibly America's first best-seller (more than three thousand copies were sold within hours of publication),
    The Pioneers today evokes a vibrant and authentic picture of the American pioneering experience.

  • 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.

  • Anglais The Spy

    Cooper James Fenimore

    A historical adventure reminiscent of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley romances, Cooper's novel centers on Harvey Birch, a common man wrongly suspected of being a spy for the British.

  • On connaît surtout James Fenimore Cooper pour Le Dernier des Mohicans (1826). Mais on ignore souvent que son expérience des navires et de la mer lui a inspiré Le Corsaire Rouge (1827). Entré par hasard dans la carrière des lettres, Cooper transforme ici le modeste récit d'aventures maritimes du XVIIIe siècle anglais en une grandiose épopée en prose. Dans ce roman situé en 1759, un jeune officier loyaliste se lance à la poursuite du redoutable Corsaire Rouge, tout en cédant peu à peu à la fascination... Des scènes spectaculaires s'enchaînent (naufrage, mutinerie, sauvetage, bataille navale), tandis que le huis clos du navire devient un véritable monde où les valeurs qui gouvernaient la vie de ceux qui ont embarqué sont mises à l'épreuve. Ce nouveau code romanesque sera celui de Melville, Stevenson, Conrad, London, Lowry...
    Nous donnons ce roman fondateur dans la traduction d'Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Defauconpret (1839), inlassable traducteur des grands maîtres du roman anglais et américain, qui fit connaître à Balzac, Gautier, Sainte-Beuve et Hugo le Nouveau Monde littéraire qui s'édifiait sur l'autre rive de l'Atlantique.

  • 1757, la guerre franco-anglaise fait rage pour la conquête du Nouveau Monde tandis que les tribus indiennes se livrent une lutte sans merci. Le maréchal français Montcalm remonte le lac Champlain avec ses soldats pour prendre le fort William-Henry, tenu par le colonel Munro. Au même moment, les filles de ce dernier, Cora et Alice, sont en chemin pour le rejoindre. Egarées dans la forêt nord-américaine, elles rencontrent un chasseur blanc, Natty Bumppo, alias OEil-de-Faucon, et deux Indiens, Chingachgook et son fils Uncas, le dernier des Mohicans, qui deviennent leurs guides dans cette Amérique sauvage.

    Ce livre sans pareil, immense roman d'aventures qui connu dès sa parution un succès international, annonce la disparition des Amérindiens et la naissance des États-Unis.

  • Le vieux chasseur blanc Natty Bumpo, accompagné de son chien Hector, erre dans la Prairie, ces nouveaux territoires vierges à l'ouest du Mississippi. Il croise en chemin une famille de pionniers, composée d'une vingtaine d'hommes, femmes et enfants, qui semble cacher une créature mystérieuse dans l'un de ses chariots. Des Sioux attaquent le campement au cours de la nuit et volent le bétail, mais grâce à Natty, tous s'en sortent indemnes. Ce n'est que le début d'une série de péripéties qui impliqueront un jeune chasseur d'abeilles, un naturaliste imbu de sa personne, un officier à la recherche de son épouse kidnappée, et des Indiens Pawnees d'une grande noblesse.

  • Classics Illustrated Comic Books: The Last of the Mohicans. James Fenimore Cooper's classic tale. In 1757, the third year of the French and Indian War, Hawkeye, a colonial scout, and his friends, Chingachkook, a chief of the Mohicans, and his son Uncas risk their lives to guide two English sisters through hostile territory and evade the evil Huron, Magua, who is determined to destroy them.  Find out what happens next.Optimized for Kindle devices and featuring Panel Zoom facility.From its beginnings in the 1940's to today, Classics Illustrated continues to encourage a love of reading and adventure in youthful minds through beautifully-illustrated comic book adaptations of the world's most beloved stories by the world's greatest authors.A collection of Classics Illustrated books is an inviting start to any young person's library.

  • Rien ne saurait rendre l'impression profonde et particulièrement délicate qui s'empare de l'homme en présence de l'immense étendue des forêts vierges du nouveau monde. Les sentiments les plus élevés, les émotions les plus vives, un charme d'une incomparable douceur élèvent son âme et ravissent son esprit. Les grands bois, comme l'Océan, ont des aspects variés, nouveaux, un ensemble plein de grandeur et de majesté souvent relevé par des détails aussi imprévus que gracieux ; leur solennité un peu monotone se double d'accidents dus à mille causes inconnues : un souffle d'air qui traverse l'espace, quelque commotion ressentie par les vieux troncs et qui fait tressaillir la futaie entière, la teinte, uniforme des masses de verdure prenant tout à coup les tons multiples de l'arc-en-ciel, une note gaie jetée dans ce grave et mélancolique concert, le chant d'un oiseau éclatant soudain au milieu du frémissement continu et monotone mêlé aux mille bruits mystérieux qui s'échappent des profondeurs ignorées.
    Fruit d'une sélection réalisée au sein des fonds de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Collection XIX a pour ambition de faire découvrir des textes classiques et moins classiques dans les meilleures éditions du XIXe siècle.

  • Le Bourreau

    James Fenimore Cooper

    L'année touchait à son déclin, et le matin s'annonçait avec splendeur, lorsqu'un bateau amarré au quai de l'ancienne ville de Genève se prépara à partir pour le canton de Vaud. Ce bâtiment s'appelait le Winkelried, en commémoration du héros de ce nom qui avait si généreusement sacrifié sa vie à la défense de son pays. Le Winkelried avait été lancé au commencement de l'été, et il portait encore au haut du mât de misaine un bouquet de branches toujours vertes, enjolivé de rubans qui avaient été donnés au patron par ses amis.
    Fruit d'une sélection réalisée au sein des fonds de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Collection XIX a pour ambition de faire découvrir des textes classiques et moins classiques dans les meilleures éditions du XIXe siècle.


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    'Death and honour are thought to be the same, but today I have learned that sometimes they are not.'
    Set in frontier America in the midst of the French-Indian war, as the French are attempting to overthrow an English fort, Cooper's story follows Alice and Cora Munro, pioneer sisters who are trying to find their way back to their father, an English commander. Guided by an army major and Magua, an Indian from the Huron tribe, they soon meet Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his Mohican Indian companions Chingachgook and Uncas.
    Magua is not all that he seems and the sisters are kidnapped. In The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper sets Indian tribe against Indian tribe and lays bare the brutality of the white man against the Mohicans.

  • Set during the French and Indian Wars, @20@The Deerslayer@21@ vividly captures the essence of both the murderous humanity and the natural beauty that distinguished America@95@#8217;s founding. The last of Cooper@95@#8217;s famous Leatherstocking Tales, it is first chronologically in the frontier adventures of the backwoods scout Natty Bumppo. Amid a terrain largely inspired by Cooper@95@#8217;s own boyhood, Natty@95@#8217;s initiation in the moral codes of wilderness society is examined in what is, according to D. H. Lawrence, @95@#8220;the loveliest and best@95@#8221; of the Leatherstocking series.@16@@16@This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive text established by James Franklin Beard and James P. Elliott, which is the Approved Text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

  • Illus. in black-and-white. This action-packed edition of James Fenimore Cooper's famous adventure brings the wilds of the American frontier and the drama of the French and Indian War to vivid life.

  • 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 racial hostility, 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 Mohicans Chingachgook 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 conceal inexplicable and deathly forces. - ;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 racial hostility, 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 Mohicans Chingachgook 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 conceal inexplicable and deathly forces. -

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  • The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • The five novels in The Leatherstocking Tales (collected in two Library of America volumes), Cooper's great saga of the American wilderness, form a pageant of the American frontier. Cooper's hero, Natty Bumppo, is forced ever farther into the heart of the continent by the advance of civilization that he inadvertently serves as advance scout, missionary, and critic.
    Leatherstocking first appears in The Pioneers (1823), as an aged hunter living on the fringe of settlement near Templeton (Cooperstown), New York, at the end of the eighteenth century. There he becomes caught in the struggles of party, family, and class to control the changing American land and to determine what sort of civilization will replace the rapidly vanishing wilderness. When Natty Bumppo started an American tradition by setting off into the sunset at the novel's close, one early reader said, "I longed to go with him."
    The Last of the Mohicans (1826) is a pure unabashed narrative of adventure. It looks back to the earlier time of the French and Indian Wars, when Natty and his two companions, Chingachgook and Uncas, survivors of a once-proud Indian nation, attempt a daring rescue and seek to forestall the plan of the French to unleash their Mingo allies on a wave of terror through the English settlements.
    The Prairie (1827) takes up Natty in his eighties, driven by the continuous march of civilization to his last refuge on the Great Plains across the Mississippi. On this vast and barren stage, the Sioux and Pawnee, the outlaw clan of Ishmael Bush, and members of the Lewis and Clark expedition enact a romantic drama of intrigue, pursuit, and biblical justice that reflects Cooper's historical dialectic of culture and nature, of the American nation and the American continent.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • When Cooper's most memorable hero, Leatherstocking, started an American tradition by setting off into the sunset in The Pioneers, one early reader said of his departure, "I longed to go with him."
    American readers couldn't get enough of the Leatherstocking saga (collected in two Library of America volumes) and, fourteen years after he portrayed the death of Natty Bumppo in The Prairie, Cooper brought him back in The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea (1841). During the Seven Years War, just after the events narrated in The Last of the Mohicans, Natty brings the daughter of a British sergeant to her father's station on the Great Lakes, where the French and their Indian allies are plotting a treacherous ambush. Here, for the first time, he falls in love with a woman, before Cooper manages bring off Leatherstocking's most poignant, and perhaps his most revealing, escape.
    The Deerslayer (1842) brings the saga full circle and follows the young Natty on his first warpath. Instinctively gifted in the arts of the forest, pious in his respect for the unspoiled wilderness on which he loves to gaze, honorable to friend and foe alike, stoic under torture, and cool under fire, the young Leatherstocking emerges as Cooper's noblest figure of the American frontier. Enacting a rite of passage both for its hero and for the culture he comes to represent, this last book in the series glows with a timelessness that readers everywhere will find enchanting.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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