1 - The Deerslayer - or, The First Warpath
2 - The Last of the Mohicans - A Narrative of 1757
3 - The Pathfinder - or, The Inland Sea
4 - The Pioneers - The Sources of the Susquehanna; a Descriptive Tale
5 - The Prairie - A Tale
The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
Hawkeye and his Mohican companions Chingachgook and Uncas escort the Munro sisters, Cora and Alice, through the woods of New York to Fort William Henry. Also in the expeditin party are British army Major Duncan Heyward and a psalmist named David Gamut. Along the way they are forced to fight against Hurons led by the evil Magua, which leads to an encounter with another American Indian tribe called the Delaware -- a development which will prove crucial at the end of the novel.
The Pioneers (1823)
The story takes place on the rapidly advancing frontier of New York State and features a middle-aged Leatherstocking (a.k.a. Natty Bumppo) and Judge Marmaduke Temple of Templeton, whose life parallels that of the author's father Judge William Cooper of Cooperstown.
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About the Author
The creator of two genres that became staples of American literature — the sea romance and the frontier adventure — James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in New Jersey, raised in the wilderness of New York, and spent five years at sea before embarking on his successful writing career. Among Cooper’s many novels, his best-known books are the five "Leatherstocking" tales — including The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans — each featuring the fictional hero Natty Bumppo.
Date of Birth:September 15, 1789
Date of Death:September 14, 1851
Place of Birth:Burlington, New Jersey
Place of Death:Cooperstown, New York
Education:Yale University (expelled in 1805)