Originally published in 1823, The Pioneers is the first of Cooper's five Leatherstocking Tales, and the one that incorporates most fully his own experience of growing up in a town of the American frontier. The heart of the novel is a conflict over who owns America, and by what concept of right. The competing claims of Native Americans, Tory loyalists, roving hunters, and visionary cultivators are pitted against one another in the area of history, and the magical village of Cooper's youth becomes the scene in which a nation's destiny is forged. The novel also marks the invention of his enduring contribution to world literature: Natty Bumpo, the Leatherstocking. This edition uses the text approved by the Center for Editions of American Authors of the Modern Language Association of America.
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Excerpt: ... he didn't tell me himself. You've screened and hidden the boy." "Leave mother out of it," Davey said. "Davey!" she besought him. "It's all right, mother," he turned from her, impatiently. "We've got to have this out now and be done with it. I'm not going on as I have done. This is what I've got to say." He eyed Donald Cameron squarely. "Since I left school four years ago, I've worked on this placeReview:
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Book Description Harcourt School, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 003008685X