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2.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 5 2.67 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Jim Robert Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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James Fenimore Cooper was America's first successful popular novelist. Son of the prominent federalist William Cooper, founder of the Cooperstown settlement, James was educated at Yale in preparation for a genteel life as a federalist gentleman. After his father's death in an 1809 duel, Cooper quickly squandered his inheritance, and at thirty was on the verge of bankruptcy. He turned to writing but his first book, Precaution (1820), was a failure. It did, however, receive some favorable reviews and he decided to try again. In searching for another topic, he remembered the story of a spy, which had been related to him by John Jay years before, recurred to his memory, and the surroundings of his home Westchester county, the debatable ground of both armies during almost the whole revolutionary period furnished a convenient stage. The Spy was the result, and during the winter of 1821-22 the American public awoke to the fact that it possessed a novelist of its own. The success of this book, which was unprecedented at the time in the meager annals of American literature, determined Cooper's career and he went on to write more than fifty novels. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/13/2011

    " Fun to read while reading, didn't draw you back. Cooper's first, and the ending was written before the middle... so there's a reason for it's "imperfection". Definitely enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eileen | 7/26/2010

    " Cooper has such a long, painful way of writing conversation, but it was an interesting book anyway. Kept my interest until the end, but would not read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 1/27/2010

    " The plot and characters were interesting, but the story just dragged the whole way through. I probably will not read much more of Cooper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 42day | 11/29/2009

    " Being as JFC's mother is a blood relative I am more than obligated to read his books. "

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