The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

by James Fenimore Cooper


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In this classic adventure story, frontiersman Natty Bumppo and his Mohican comrades battle hostile Huron warriors in their daring rescue of the kidnapped Munro sisters.  

James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel The Last of the Mohicans is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War of 1754-1763. Far and away the most popular volume of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy, this is the thrilling account of a bloody ambush of 500 to 1,500 Anglo-American troops who had honorably surrendered at Fort William Henry.

The Last of the Mohicans shows the ensuing kidnapping of Colonel Munro’s two daughters, as well as their daring rescue by frontiersman Natty Bumppo, British soldier Duncan Heyward, and the last two members of the Mohican tribe. Exhilarating and horrifying, this vivid portrayal of life and death on the American frontier is now available as an elegantly designed clothbound edition with an elastic closure and a new introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780721407890
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1981
Series: Children's Classics Series
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) was a prolific and popular nineteenth-century American writer who is best remembered for his stirring frontier adventure The Last of the Mohicans. Enrolled at Yale University at age 13 and expelled three years later, he eventually joined the US Navy before launching a successful literary career. His writing consisted primarily of historical fiction about frontier and Native American life, as reflected in his well-known Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy.

Steven Frye is a Ph.D. graduate of Purdue University and Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield. He the author of Understanding Cormac McCarthy and editor of the 2011 Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1789

Date of Death:

September 14, 1851

Place of Birth:

Burlington, New Jersey

Place of Death:

Cooperstown, New York


Yale University (expelled in 1805)

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Table of Contents



Historical Introduction

Preface [1826]

Introduction [1831]

Addition to the 1831 Introduction [1850]

The Last of the Mohicans

Explanatory Notes

Textual Commentary

Textual Notes


Rejected Readings


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In his immortal friendship of Chingachgook and Natty Bumppo [Cooper] dreamed the nucleus of a new society….A stark human relationship of two men, deeper than the deeps of sex. Deeper than property, deeper than fatherhood, deeper than marriage, deeper than Love.” –D. H. Lawrence

The Last of the Mohicans raises again the question of the efficacy of human effort to control irrational forces at work in individual men, races, and nations. The question has never been more pertinent than now.” –James Franklin Beard 

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The Last of the Mohicans 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series, when I read this it moved me greatly.One has to be in the proper mood to enjoy these books. A bit of romance, a bit of adventure, quite a bit of moralizing. I enjoyed them when I read them, but have no desire to read them again. I've since read enough history to realize just how fictional these are. If you read them for the adventure and the descriptions of the Northeastern woodlands, I don't think you will be disappointed. Sadly, the plot of each has sort of blended together and I can't remember the details of any.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy's name is Hawkeye
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Dont ask and if your wandering yes my name is cora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok it's either someone was having way too much fun with this review thing or they actually wrote a suicide letter on a book review. If that's the case then they really are stupid. Suicide is never the answer! The deffinition of suicide is a permenit solution for a temporary problem. My advice is don't ever try to commit suicide, unless you wanna go to Hell. By the way if you have ever seen M*A*S*H 4077 the tv show about the Korian war then you would know that the main character gets his nick-name from this book HAWKEYE is the name and he's a surgine the other most memberable character is RADAR but he's not really important. This has nothing to do with the book just so you know. Remember my advice and take it to heart NO SUICIDE.
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could not read becasue of typos
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Excellent read. Easy to read and Navigate on the nook. I will buy the rest of the series from this publisher.
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Its abridged and its not the adult version. This one was made for kids to read.
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I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't check if it was simplified first. This probably would be great for kids but I lost my paperback copy and having names like le subtil translated to sly fox in this version seems hokey.
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Redhat31 More than 1 year ago
1000 pages of adventure that leaves you engrossed with the characters and "living" in the forests of Northern New York. I became attached to one of the characters and was sad to have the book end and to say good bye to her and her rescuers. The cost of the book was negible and kept me entertained for a month.
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