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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) James Fenimore Cooper, Introduction by David Blair, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 174mm x 30mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260495
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260490
  • Sales rank: 56,154

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It is 1757. Across north-eastern America the armies of Britain and France struggle for ascendancy. Their conflict, however, overlays older struggles between nations of native Americans for possession of the same lands and between the native peoples and white colonisers. Through these layers of conflict Cooper threads a thrilling narrative, in which Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of a British commander on the front line of the colonial war, attempt to join their father. Thwarted by Magua, the sinister 'Indian runner', they find help in the person of Hawkeye, the white woodsman, and his companions, the Mohican Chingachgook and Uncas, his son, the last of his tribe. Cooper's novel is full of vivid incident- pursuits through wild terrain, skirmishes, treachery and brutality- but reflects also on the interaction between the colonists and the native peoples. Through the character of Hawkeye, Cooper raises lasting questions about the practises of the American frontier and the eclipse of the indigenous cultures.

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Cooper's most famous chapter of the American past is illustrated with full color plates and black and white line drawings by James Daugherty. Organization of the color illustrations is confused and color is muddy. The patterned cloth binding is striking. (Kirkus Reviews)

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At the centre of the novel is the celebrated 'Massacre' of British troops and their families by Indian allies of the French at Fort William Henry in 1757. Around this historical event, Cooper built a romantic fiction of captivity, sexuality, and heroism, in which the destiny of the Mohican Chingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye the frontier scout.