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James Fenimore CooperThe Early Years$
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Wayne Franklin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108057

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108057.001.0001

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Taking Manhattan

Taking Manhattan

(p.367) Chapter Twelve Taking Manhattan
James Fenimore Cooper

Wayne Franklin

Yale University Press

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper's literary career in New York City. It discusses his founding of the Bread and Cheese Club, or the “Lunch,” an all-male soiree of expansive membership, in April 1823. It describes his journalistic work on horse racing and the challenges in finishing the novel The Pilot. This chapter also suggests that Cooper's literary and social life in the first half of 1823 hit the immovable wall of the world's opposition to mere desire.

Keywords:   James Fenimore Cooper, literary career, New York City, Bread and Cheese Club, Lunch, all-male soiree, horse racing, The Pilot, social life, literary life

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