James Fenimore Cooper And His Writings



America! America! God shed His grace on thee And crown thy good with
brotherhood From sea to shining sea!
-America the Beautiful, Katherine Lee Bates
The growth of American Literature was further developed in the era
of American Romanticism. In this period, stirrings of national
consciousness appeared more and more strongly with the emergence of a truly
American literature. During this time, as Americans began to understand
the meaning of being "American", they also began to grow culturally. This
paralleled the time when, the world as a whole was experiencing a change in
ways of thinking: there was a move from classical ideas to romantic ones.
This change was taking place in all areas ...

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such as: Washington Irving,
William Cullen Bryant, Edgar Allen Poe, and James Fenimore Cooper emerged.
Romantic writers emphasized intuition, an inner perception of truth that is
independent of reason. To discover this truth, Emerson wrote in The
American Scholar (1837), a man must "learn to detect and watch that gleam
of light which flashes across his mind from within." The main key to this
inner world is the imagination. Man's imagination leads to expression. Our
expression makes each of us a unique human. Romanticism became the way of
expressing' for this generation of writers.
Among the giants of this time, Cooper achieved more worldwide fame
than Irving or Bryant. The creation of the famous Leatherstocking saga has
cemented his position as America's first great national novelist and his
influence pervades American literature. In his thirty-two years (1820-51)
of authorship, Cooper produced twenty-nine other long works of fiction and
fifteen books. He is widely read in ...

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