Works of James Fenimore Cooper

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I’ve been listing wood engravings from a 1893 bound series of Cooper’s Works recently so I thought I’d post a bit about him. James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851) was a popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Before embarking on his career as a writer he served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. He is best remembered as a novelist who wrote numerous sea-stories and the historical novels known as the Leatherstocking Tales. Among naval historians his works on early U.S. naval history have been widely received but were sometimes criticized by Cooper’s contemporaries. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece.

Cooper was a prolific writer and I am amazed to find how few of his works I am familiar with. I’m publishing a list here. How many have you read?

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Date Title: Subtitle Genre Topic, Location, Period
1820 Precaution novel England, 1813–1814
1821 The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground novel Westchester County, New York, 1778
1823 The Pioneers: or The Sources of the Susquehanna novel Leatherstocking, Otsego County, New York, 1793–1794
1823 Tales for Fifteen: or Imagination and Heart 2 short stories written under the pseudonym: Jane Morgan
1824 The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea novel John Paul Jones, England, 1780
1825 Lionel Lincoln: or The Leaguer of Boston novel Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston, 1775–1781
1826 The Last of the Mohicans: A narrative of 1757 novel Leatherstocking, French and Indian War, Lake George & Adirondacks, 1757
1827 The Prairie novel Leatherstocking, American Midwest, 1805
1828 The Red Rover: A Tale novel Newport, Rhode Island & Atlantic Ocean, pirates, 1759
1828 Notions of the Americans: Picked up by a Travelling Bachelor non-fiction America for European readers
1829 The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish: A Tale novel Western Connecticut, Puritans and Indians, 1660–1676
1830 The Water-Witch: or the Skimmer of the Seas novel New York, smugglers, 1713
1830 Letter to General Lafayette politics France vs. US, cost of government
1831 The Bravo: A Tale novel Venice, 18th century
1832 The Heidenmauer: or, The Benedictines, A Legend of the Rhine novel German Rhineland, 16th century
1832 No Steamboats short story &nspb;
1833 The Headsman: The Abbaye des Vignerons novel Geneva, Switzerland, & Alps, 18th century
1834 A Letter to His Countrymen politics Why Cooper temporarily stopped writing
1835 The Monikins novel Antarctica, aristocratic monkeys, 1830s; a satire on British and American politics
1836 The Eclipse memoir Solar eclipse in Cooperstown, New York 1806
1836 An Execution at Sea short story execution of a murderer on a ship
1836 Gleanings in Europe: Switzerland (Sketches of Switzerland) travel Hiking in Switzerland, 1828
1836 Gleanings in Europe: The Rhine (Sketches of Switzerland, Part Second) travel Travels France, Rhineland & Switzerland, 1832
1836 A Residence in France: With an Excursion Up the Rhine, and a Second Visit to Switzerland travel &npsb;
1837 Gleanings in Europe: France travel Living, travelling in France, 1826–1828
1837 Gleanings in Europe: England travel Travels in England, 1826, 1828, 1833
1838 Gleanings in Europe: Italy travel Living, travelling in Italy, 1828–1830
1838 The American Democrat : or Hints on the Social and Civic Relations of the United States of America non-fiction US society and government
1838 The Chronicles of Cooperstown history Local history of Cooperstown, New York
1838 Homeward Bound: or The Chase: A Tale of the Sea novel Atlantic Ocean & North African coast, 1835
1838 Home as Found: Sequel to Homeward Bound novel Eve Effingham, New York City & Otsego County, New York, 1835
1839 The History of the Navy of the United States of America history US Naval history to date
1839 Old Ironsides history History of the Frigate USS Constitution, 1st pub. 1853
1840 The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea novel Leatherstocking, Western New York, 1759
1840 Mercedes of Castile: or, The Voyage to Cathay novel Christopher Columbus in West Indies, 1490s
1841 The Deerslayer: or The First Warpath novel Leatherstocking, Otsego Lake 1740-1745
1842 The Two Admirals novel England & English Channel, Scottish uprising, 1745
1842 The Wing-and-Wing: le Le Feu-Follet novel Italian coast, Neopolitan Wars, 1745
1843 Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief novelette Social satire, France & New York, 1830s
1843 Richard Dale &npsb; &npsb;
1843 Wyandotte: or The Hutted Knoll. A Tale novel Butternut Valley of Otsego County, New York, 1763–1776
1843 Ned Myers: or Life before the Mast biography of Cooper’s shipmate who survived an 1813 sinking of a US sloop of war in a storm
1844 Afloat and Ashore: or The Adventures of Miles Wallingford. A Sea Tale novel Ulster County & worldwide, 1795–1805
1844 Miles Wallingford: Sequel to Afloat and Ashore novel Ulster County & worldwide, 1795–1805
1844 Proceedings of the Naval Court-Martial in the Case of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie &npsb; &npsb;
1845 Satanstoe: or The Littlepage Manuscripts, a Tale of the Colony novel New York City, Westchester County, Albany, Adirondacks, 1758
1845 The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts novel Westchester County, Adirondacks, 1780s (next generation)
1846 The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin: Being the Conclusion of the Littlepage Manuscripts novel Anti-rent wars, Adirondacks, 1845
1846 Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers biography &npsb; &npsb;
1847 The Crater; or, Vulcan’s Peak: A Tale of the Pacific novel Philadelphia, Bristol (PA), & deserted Pacific island, early 19th century
1848 Jack Tier: or the Florida Reefs novel Florida Keys, Mexican War, 1846
1848 The Oak Openings: or the Bee-Hunter novel Kalamazoo River, Michigan, War of 1812
1849 The Sea Lions: The Lost Sealers novel Long Island & Antarctica, 1819–1820
1850 The Ways of the Hour novel “Dukes County, New York”, murder/courtroom mystery novel, legal corruption, women’s rights, 1846
1850 Upside Down: or Philosophy in Petticoats play satirization of socialism
1851 The Lake Gun short story Seneca Lake in New York, political satire based on folklore
1851 New York: or The Towns of Manhattan history Unfinished, history of New York City, 1st pub. 1864

Source: Wikipedia

 

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