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date: 30 October 2020

COOPER, James Fenimore (1789–1851) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

Author of the celebrated *Leather-Stocking Tales; he was brought up in a prosperous family at Cooperstown, NY, a settlement established by his father. After being dismissed from Yale, Cooper went to sea for three years, then married and settled down to the life of a country gentleman, only being impelled into authorship when he declared to his wife that he could write a better novel than the one they were reading together. The result was ... ...

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