James Fenimore Cooper: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism

Hardcover | October 1, 1991

byAlan Frank Dyer

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Famed for his novels of the American frontier (notably the Leatherstocking Tales) and of the sea, and also the author of a large body of social and political writings, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) received mixed reviews from his contemporaries, who generally enjoyed the adventure tales but abhored his social preachings. His posthumous reputation has fluctuated widely. Savagely trashed by, among others, Mark Twain in 1895 for his "literary offenses," Cooper was resurrected in 1931 by critic Robert E. Spiller, who viewed him as a profound social critic. By the mid-twentieth century, Cooper was widely praised as a pioneer in the development of the American social and political novel, though his literary qualities remained subject to attack in some quarters. Cooper has continued to be studied from myriad points of views and critical stances both as a writer and as a critic. The immense body of criticism has been carefully channeled in this annotated bibliography of 1,943 reviews, journal articles, newspaper articles and editorials, dissertations, and books. The material is organized in chapters by broad subject category--Bibliography, Biography, General Studies, Frontier and Indian Novels, Literature of the Sea, Social and Political Writings, and Miscellaneous Publications; where appropriate the chapters are subdivided according to individual Cooper publications, with further divisions relatings to materials written before and after Cooper's death. This arrangement, together with a fascinating introductory survey of his critical reception and full author, and editor, and subject indexes, allows the researcher to trace the various topics and themes that have occupied a who's who ofliterary, intellectual, and social critics from 1820 to the present.

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Famed for his novels of the American frontier (notably the Leatherstocking Tales) and of the sea, and also the author of a large body of social and political writings, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) received mixed reviews from his contemporaries, who generally enjoyed the adventure tales but abhored his social preachings. His posthu...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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?The nearly 2,000 entries in this bibliography cite Cooper criticism and biography from 1820 to 1990. As well as citations to the usual reviews, books, and journal articles, there are citations to newspaper articles and editorials, dissertations and theses, satires, and scholarly introductions to Cooper's books. Both foreign and domestic items are covered, and the amount of 19th-century criticism cited is impressive. Indeed, those students who wish to go beyond the limits of what can be found in the MLA International Bibliography will find this work useful for years to come. Most citations are annotated with blunt, nonevaluative summaries of the item cited. The arrangement of the bibliography is slightly cumbersome, with citations grouped into broad categories that are further subdivided into "Articles and Reviews Contemporary With Cooper" and "Articles From Cooper's Death to the Present." The shortcomings of this arrangement are atoned for, however, by excellent indexing. Although this bibliography does not claim to be comprehensive, it will more than meet the needs of the undergraduate researcher and it will be extremely useful to the more advanced Cooper scholar. Recommended for all academic libraries.?-Choice