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.
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