James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

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A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology


by José Ángel García Landa

(University of Zaragoza, Spain)

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

(US novelist, b. Burlington, NJ, son of William Cooper, founder of Cooperstown; dismissed from Yale; seaman for several years, married, gentleman farmer, successful novelist, moved to New York City, US consul at Lyons, travelled in Europe 1826-33, defender of republicanism in Europe and conservative aristocratic Federalist back in USA; moved back to Cooperstown, father of Susan Fenimore Cooper)

Cooper, James Fenimore. Precaution. Novel. 1820.

_____. The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground. Historical romance. 1821.

_____. The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground. Ed. James H. Pickering. Schenectady (NY): New College and University P, 1971.

_____. The Pioneers; Or, The Sources of the Susquehanna. Romance. 1923.

_____. The Pioneers. Ed. James D. Wallace. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.

_____. The Pilot. Romance. 1823.

_____. El piloto. In Fenimore Cooper, El espía de las rocas negras. El piloto. Trans. J. Fuster. (Grandes Obras). Barcelona: Ediciones Petronio, 1972.*

_____. Lionel Lincoln; or, The Leaguer of Boston. Romance. 1825. (Dramatized as The Leaguer of Boston).

_____. The Last of the Mohicans. Novel. 1826. (Leatherstocking series, 2nd part).

_____. The Last of the Mohicans. (Nelson Classics). London: Nelson.

_____. The Last of the Mohicans. Ed. John McWilliams. Oxford: Oxford UP.

_____. The Last of the Mohicans. Ware: Wordsworth.

_____. The Last of the Mohicans. Online at Project Gutenberg.



_____. Last of the Mohicans. Online audiobook at YouTube (GreatestAudioBooks). 2012.*



_____. El último mohicano. Ed. José María Bardavío. Madrid: Narcea, 1973.*

_____. The Prairie: A Tale. 1827. (Leather-Stocking series, part 5).

_____. The Prairie. Cambridge (MA): Riverside, 1872.

_____. The Prairie. Ed. Donald A. Ringe. Oxford: Oxford UP.

_____. From The Prairie. In American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1916. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999. 57-64.*

_____. The Red Rover. Romance. 1827.

_____. Notions of the Americans. 1828.

_____. The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish. Romance. 1829. (UK title: The Borderers in 1829, the Heathcotes in 1854). (King Philip's War, 1670s).

_____. The Water-Witch. Romance. 1830.

_____. A Letter to General Lafayette. 1831.

_____. The Bravo. Historical romance. 1831.

_____. The Heidenmauer, or, The Benedictines. Historical romance. 1832.

_____. The Headsman, or, The Abbaye des Vignerons. Romance. 1833.

_____. A Letter to His Countrymen. 1834.

_____. The Monikins. Satirical allegory. 1835.

_____. Gleanings in Europe. 1837-38.

_____. The American Democrat, or Hints on the Social and Civil Relations of the United States of America. 1838.

_____. Homeward Bound; or, The Chase. Novel. 1838.

_____. Home as Found. Novel. 1838. (Sequel to Homeward Bound).

_____. Jack Tier. Historical romance. 1838.

_____. History of the Navy. History. 1839.

_____. Mercedes of Castille. Novel. 1840.

_____. The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea. Romance. 1840. (Leather-stocking series, part 3)

_____. The Pathfinder. Ed. William P. Kelly. Oxford: Oxford UP.

_____. The Deerslayer. Novel. 1841. (Leatherstocking series, first part).

_____. The Deerslayer. Ed. H. Daniel Peck. Oxford: Oxford UP.

_____. The Two Admirals. Novel. 1842.

_____. Wing-and-Wing. Romance. 1842.

_____. Le Mouchoir. 1843. Retitled The Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief. (New York social classes).

_____. Ned Meyers. Novelized biography. 1843.

_____. Wyandotté, or the Hutted Knoll. A Tale, by the Author of 'The Pathfinder', 'Deerslayer', 'Last of the Mohicans', 'Pioneers', 'Prairie', &c., &c. 1843. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard.

_____. Afloat and Ashore. Romance. 1844.

_____. Miles Wallingford. Romance. 1844. (Sequel to Afloat and Ashore).

_____. Satanstoe. Novel. 1845. (Littlepage Manuscripts, 1).

_____. The Chainbearer. Novel. 1845. (Littlepage Manuscripts, 2).

_____. The Redskins, or, Indian and Injin. Novel. 1846. (Littlepage Manuscripts, 3).

_____. Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers. History. 1846.

_____. The Crater. 1848. (Social utopia).

_____. The Sea Lions. Historical romance. 1848.

_____. The Oak Openings, or, The Bee-Hunter. Romance. 1848.

_____. Upside Down, or Philosophy in Petticoats. Drama. Prod. New York.

_____. The Ways of the Hour. Novel. 1850.

_____. Letters and Journals. Ed. James F. Beard. 6 vol. 1960-1968.

_____. (Fenimore Cooper). El espía de las rocas negras. El piloto. Trans. J. Fuster. (Grandes Obras). Barcelona: Ediciones Petronio, 1972.*

American Neptune. Special issue on Fenimore Cooper's sea stories. (Fall 1998).

Budick, Emily Miller. "Cooper's The Spy: Towards a Definition of Historical Romance." In Budick, Goren and Slonim, eds. American Studies Scripta. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1987.

_____. "Charting the Neutral Ground: The Historicity of Fiction in Cooper's The Spy." In Budick, Fiction and Historical Consciousness: The American Romance Tradition. New Haven: Yale UP, 1989. 1-17.*

Chase, Richard. "The Significance of Cooper." In Chase, The American Novel and Its Tradition. Garden City (NY): Doubleday-Anchor, 1957. 43-66.*

Cheyfitz, Eric. The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.

Davis, Randall C. "Fire-Water in the Frontier Romance: James Fenimore Cooper and 'Indian Nature'." Studies in American Fiction 22.2 (1994): 215-32.

Dekker, George. James Fenimore Cooper the Novelist: The American Scott. London: Routledge, 1967.

Dekker, George, and John P. McWilliams, eds. Fenimore Cooper: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge, 1973.

García Landa, José Angel. "El Gran Viaje en El Último Mohicano." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 30 Dec. 2013.*



_____. "El Gran Viaje en El Último Mohicano." Ibercampus (Vanity Fea) 3 Jan. 2014.*



_____. "El Gran Viaje en El último mohicano (The Great Journey in The Last of the Mohicans)." Social Science Research Network 5 Jan. 2015.*



Biological Anthropology eJournal 5 Jan. 2015.*



Cultural Anthropology eJournal 5 Jan. 2015.*



American Literature eJournal 5 Jan. 2015.*



_____. "El Gran Viaje en El último Mohicano." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 4 Jan. 2015.*



Gardiner, W. H. Review of The Spy, by J. F. Coooper. North American Review (July 1822). Rpt. in Fenimore Cooper: The Critical Heritage. Ed. George Dekker and John P. McWilliams. London: Routledge, 1973.

Goetzmann, William H. "James Fenimore Cooper: The Prairie." In Landmarks of American Writing. Ed. Hennig Cohen. Washington: Voice of America (Forum Series), 1969. 75-88.*

Hart, James D. "James Fenimore Cooper." From The Oxford Companion to American Literature, ed. Hart and Leininger. In García Landa, Vanity Fea Nov. 2012.*



Jones, Daryl E. "Temple of the Promised Land: Old Testament Parallels in Cooper's The Pioneers."   American Literature 57 (1985): 68-78.

Kinney, James. Amalgamation! Race, Sex, and Rhetoric in the Nineteenth-Century American Novel. Westport (CT): Greenwood, 1985.

Lawrence, D. H. "Fenimore Cooper's White Novels." "Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Novels." In Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature. 1924. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971. 40-69.

Levine, Robert S. Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville. (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, 33). Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1989.

Martínez Vela, Ana. "La transformación de mujer europea en mujer norteamericana de frontera en la novela The Pioneers de James Fenimore Cooper." In De habitaciones propias y otros espacios conquistados: Estudios sobre mujeres y literatura en lengua inglesa en homenaje a Blanca López Román. Ed. Margarita Carretero González, Mª Elena Rodríguez Martín and Gerardo Rodríguez Salas. Granada: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Granada, 2006.

McTiernan, Dave. "The Novel as 'Neutral Ground': Genre and Ideology in Cooper's The Spy." Studies in American Fiction 25.1 (Spring 1997): 3-20.*

McWilliams, John P. Political Justice in a Republic: James Fenimore Cooper's America. Berkeley: U of California P, 1972.

Poe, Edgar Allan. "Wyandotté." Rev. of Wyandotté, or the Hutted Knoll. A Tale, by the Author of 'The Pathfinder', 'Deerslayer', 'Last of the Mohicans', 'Pioneers', 'Prairie', &c., &c. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard. In Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. David Galloway. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985. 421-32.*

Porte, Joel. The Romance in America: Studies in Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and James. Middletown (CT): Wesleyan UP, 1969.

Spiller, Robert E. Fenimore Cooper, Critic of His Times. Minton Balch and Co., 1931.

St Armand, Barton Levi. "Harvey Birch as the Wandering Jew: Literary Calvinism in James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy." American Literature 50 (1978): 348-68.

Thomas, Brook. Cross Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville. (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, 21). Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987.

Twain, Mark. "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences." 1895. In Twain, How to Tell a Story. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. (Cooper James Fenimore; Composition; Realism; Characterisation)

_____. "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences." In Mark Twain, Literary Essays. New York: Harper, n. d. 78-96.*

_____. "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences." 1895. In American Literature, American Culture. Ed. Gordon Hutner. New York: Oxford UP, 1999. 148-55.*

Winters, Yvor. "Fenimore Cooper, or the Ruins of Time." In Winters, Maule's Curse. 1938. Rpt. in In Defense of Reason. 1947. Athens (OH): Ohio UP-Swallow Press, 1987. 176-99.*

The Last of the Mohicans. Dir. Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur. Script by Robert Dillon, based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel. Cast: Barbara Bedford, Lilian Hall, Wallace Beery, Albert Roscoe. 1920. Online at YouTube.



The Last of the Mohicans. Dir. Michael Mann. Screenplay by Mann and Christopher Crowe, from Philip Dunne's script for George B. Seitz's film, inspired by Fenimore Cooper's novel. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May, Steven Waddington, Wes Studi, Maurice Roëves, Patrice Chereau, Colm Meaney, Peter Postlethwaite. Music by Randy Edelman. Panavision. USA, 1992.* (Oscar for best sound).

Internet resources

"James Fenimore Cooper." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.




James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction in the United States.

Related works

Clinch, C. P. The Spy. Drama. Based on J. F. Cooper's novel. 1822.

The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish. Anonymous drama based on Cooper's novel. Prod. 1834, pub. 1856.

Smith, R. P. The Water Witch. Drama based on J. F. Cooper's novel. C. 1830.

_____. The Bravo. Drama based on J. F. Cooper's novel. 1837.


Wood, Barry. "The Early American Romantics: Irving and Cooper." Video lecture. YouTube (University of Houston).



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