James Fenimore Cooper
Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
Although he was born shortly after the United States declared independence from Britain, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was fascinated by early pre-colonial days in America. Born in New Jersey to a large family, Cooper was the son of Cooperstown founder and politician William Cooper. As a young man, Cooper briefly attended college, but left school to become a sailor, seeking a life of adventure. Cooper set out on a merchant ship and later joined the Navy, eventually returning to New York to raise a family and work on a farm. Cooper soon became a regular presence in New York City, writing many of his most famous novels of historical adventure during this stage of his life. To this day, Cooper is regarded as a key American author, known equally for the important nonfiction works that accompany his classic novels The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans.
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