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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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An American Tale

An American Tale

(p.270) Chapter Nine An American Tale
James Fenimore Cooper

Wayne Franklin

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on James Fenimore Cooper's second book The Spy. It explains that this book was a tale of national origins and suggests that his designs on the English reading public indicates that he was imitating the larger outlines of Walter Scott's career. It analyzes how Cooper actually wrote and produced The Spy in 1820 and 1821 and how he settled on its subject. This chapter also considers Cooper's work in writing book reviews for Charles K. Gardner and the completion of this next novel The Sea Lions.

Keywords:   James Fenimore Cooper, The Spy, novel, national origins, Walter Scott, book reviews, Charles K. Gardner, The Sea Lions

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