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The Collected Novels of James Fenimore Cooper: 30 Western Classics, Adventure Novels & Sea Tales (Illustrated) The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, The Prairie, Afloat and Ashore, The Spy, The Red Rover, The Bravo, The Monikins, Mercedes of Castile, The Deerslayer and many more von Cooper, James Fenimore (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.07.2016
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The Collected Novels of James Fenimore Cooper: 30 Western Classics, Adventure Novels & Sea Tales (Illustrated)

This carefully crafted ebook: 'The Collected Novels of James Fenimore Cooper: 30 Western Classics, Adventure Novels & Sea Tales (Illustrated)' is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Leatherstocking Tales: The Deerslayer The Last of the Mohicans The Pathfinder The Pioneers The Prairie The Littlepage Manuscripts: Satanstoe The Chainbearer The Redskins The Adventures of Miles Wallingford: Afloat and Ashore Miles Wallingford Other Novels: Precaution The Spy The Pilot The Red Rover The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish The Water-Witch The Bravo The Headsman The Monikins Homeward Bound Home as Found Mercedes of Castile The Two Admirals The Wing-and-Wing Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief Wyandotté The Crater Jack Tier The Oak Openings The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Before embarking on his career as a writer, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about counterespionage set during the Revolutionary War. He also wrote numerous sea stories, and his best-known works are five historical novels of the frontier period known as the Leatherstocking Tales. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 11945
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.07.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9788026866640
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The Collected Novels of James Fenimore Cooper: 30 Western Classics, Adventure Novels & Sea Tales (Illustrated)

Chapter I
Table of Contents "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore.
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal"

-Childe Harold

On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. In no other way can we account for the venerable air that is already gathering around American annals. When the mind reverts to the earliest days of colonial history, the period seems remote and obscure, the thousand changes that thicken along the links of recollections, throwing back the origin of the nation to a day so distant as seemingly to reach the mists of time; and yet four lives of ordinary duration would suffice to transmit, from mouth to mouth, in the form of tradition, all that civilized man has achieved within the limits of the republic. Although New York alone possesses a population materially exceeding that of either of the four smallest kingdoms of Europe, or materially exceeding that of the entire Swiss Confederation, it is little more than two centuries since the Dutch commenced their settlement, rescuing the region from the savage state. Thus, what seems venerable by an accumulation of changes is reduced to familiarity when we come seriously to consider it solely in connection with time.

This glance into the perspective of the past will prepare the reader to look at the pictures we are about to sketch, with less surprise than he might otherwise feel; and a few additional explanations may carry him back in imagination to the precise condition of society that we desire to delineate. It is matter of history that the settlements on the eastern shores of the Hudson, such as Claverack, Kinderhook, and even Poughkeepsie, were not regarded as safe from Indian incursions a century since; and there is still standing on the banks of the same river, and within musket-shot of the wharves of Albany, a residence of a younger branch of the Van Rensselaers, that has loopholes constructed for defence against the same crafty enemy, although it dates from a period scarcely so distant. Other similar memorials of the infancy of the country are to be found, scattered through what is now deemed the very centre of American civilization, affording the plainest proofs that all we possess of security from invasion and hostile violence is the growth of but little more than the time that is frequently fulfilled by a single human life.

The incidents of this tale occurred between the years 1740 and 1745, when the settled portions of the colony of New York were confined to the four Atlantic counties, a narrow belt of country on each side of the Hudson, extending from its mouth to the falls near its head, and to a few advanced "neighborhoods" on the Mohawk and the Schoharie. Broad belts of the virgin wilderness not only reached the shores of the first river, but they even crossed it, stretching away into New England, and affording forest covers to the noiseless moccasin of the native warrior, as he trod the secret and bloody war-path. A bird's-eye view of the whole region east of the Mississippi must then have offered one vast expanse of woods, relieved by a comparatively narrow fringe of cultivation along the sea, dotted by the glittering surfaces of lakes, and intersected by the waving lines of river. In such a vast picture of solemn solitude, the district of country we design to paint sinks into insignificance, though we feel encouraged to proceed by the conviction that, with slight an

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