The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, set between 1740 and 1804. Each title featuring the main hero Natty Bumppo, known by European settlers as “Leatherstocking”, “The Pathfinder”, and “the trapper” and by the Native Americans as “Deerslayer”, “La Longue Carabine” and “Hawkeye”. The Natty Bumppo character is generally believed to have been inspired, at least in part, by the real-life Daniel Boone.
Set in 1740 during the French and Indian Wars, The Deerslayer testifies to the murderous humanity and natural beauty on which the history of America was written. In the climactic novel of the Leather-stocking Tales, Hawkeye, the noble white youth, learns to sacrifice self-interest for the common good and discovers his identity in bloody struggles among the powerful Iroquois confederacy.
While the French and Indians besiege Fort William Henry, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, are on their way to join him. They are accompanied by Major Duncan Heyward, Alice's fiance, and by the treacherous Indian Magua, who secretly serves the French. Magua plans to betray the party to the Iroquois, and to claim Cora as his squaw, but he is foiled by the scout Hawkeye and his companions, Chingac…Read More »
Vigorous, self-reliant, amazingly resourceful, and moral, Natty Bumppo is the prototype of the Western hero. A faultless arbiter of wilderness justice, he hates middle-class hypocrisy. But he finds his love divided between the woman he has pledged to protect on a treacherous journey and the untouched forest that sustains him in his beliefs. A fast-paced narrative full of adventure and majestic descriptions of early fro…Read More »
Although The Pioneers was first of the "Leatherstocking" books to be published, the period of time covered (principally 1793) makes it the fourth chronologically. The story takes place on the rapidly advancing frontier of New York State and features a middle-aged Leatherstocking (Natty Bumppo), Judge Marmaduke Temple of Templeton, whose life parallels that of the author's father Judge William Cooper, and Elizabeth …Read More »
The final novel in Cooper’s epic Leatherstocking Tales, filled with excitement and thrill, which follows the adventures of Natty Bumppo and Dr. Bat, the latter of whom spends his time in discovering new animals and plants in the prairie. The book subtly highlights various issues of that era like the annihilation of nature and dislocation of American Indians. It provides pure reading pleasure through its vibrant detai…Read More »