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Essay, Biography or Paragraph on “F. Cooper” great author complete biography for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

F. Cooper

(1789 – 1851)

F. Cooper was born at Burlington, New jersey, September 15, 1789. His father was a person of ability, who served the public as judge and as member of Congress. Cooper made a few voyages to perfect himself in seamanship. Having obtained a commission as lieutenant, he married, and resigning his commission in 1811, entered upon a life of literary labour.

He settled at Westchester, where, in 1819, he produced Precaution, a novel of the fashionable school. The book was published anonymously but attracted little attention. It was taken for granted that a new writer was skirmishing under an assumed name to test his ability. The little attention given to the first book, .encouraged the author to try again, hence, in 1821, appeared The Spy, a powerful and interesting romance, founded upon incidents connected with the American Revolution. The great success of The Spy at once established the author’s popularity In 1823, his fame was still more increased by The Pioneers, the first of the Leather-stocking  series, and The Pilot, a bold and dashing sea story. In 1825 he-published Lionel Lincoln, a feeble work; 1826, Last of the Mohicans, a book often quoted as his masterpiece; and in the same year he: went to France, where he published The Prairie, and in the succeeding year, The Red Rover. These are among his very best works. In nearly all respects The Prairie is his best effort. The Wept of the Wish-ton Wish, appeared in 1827; The Notions of a Traveling Bachelor, 1828; The Water Witch, 1830, the poorest of his sea stories; The Bravo, 1831; The Heidenmauer, 1832; The Headman of Berne,- 1833. These works were all widely read on both sides of the Atlantic. The object of most’ of his writings while abroad was to exalt the masses at the expense of the aristocracy. While abroad-he also wrote a series of letters for the National, a journal of Paris, in which he defended his country against certain charges that had been made by the Revue Britannique. Upon returning to the United States in 1833, he published A Letter to my Country-men, explaining the controversy in which he had engaged through the Paris papers. For the rest of his life he continued to skirmish occasionally upon national topics through the public journals. His publications continued by the appearance of Manikins, and The American Democrat, 1835; Notes on his travels and experiences in Europe, in three volumes, published in 1837. These three volumes are estimated by foreigners as “a burst of vanity and ill-temper.” Homeward Bound, and ‘Home as Found, were published in 1838.

He died of dropsy, at Cooperstown; New. York, in 1851.


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