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The Pilot / Red Rover
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James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) grew up at Otsego Hall, his father's manorial estate in upstate New York. Educated at Yale, he spent five years at sea, before beginning his literary career at thirty with
Precaution (1820), a novel of manners. His second book,
The Spy (1821), was an immediate success, and with
The Pioneers (1823) he began his series of Leatherstocking Tales. By 1826 when
The Last of the Mohicans appeared, his standing as a major novelist was established. After several years of writing nonfiction, he returned to fiction—and to Leatherstocking—with
The Pathfinder (1840) and
The Deerslayer (1841).
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