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    The Last of the Mohicans (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback) By (author) James Fenimore Cooper, Volume editor John P. McWilliams


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    DescriptionThe second of Cooper's five "Leatherstocking Tales", this is the one which has consistently captured the imagination of generations since it was first published in 1826. Its success lies partly in the historical role Cooper gives to his Indian characters, against the grain of accumulated racial hostility, and partly in his evocation of the wild beautiful landscapes of North America which the French and the British fought to control throughout the 18th century. 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 Mohicans Chingachgook and his son Uncas is inseparable from the lives of Alice and Cora Munro and of Hawkeye, the frontier scout. The controlled, elaborate writing gives natural pace to the violence of the novel's action: like the nature whose plundering Cooper laments, the book's placid surface conceals inexplicable and deathly forces.

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    The Last of the Mohicans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Fenimore Cooper, Volume editor John P. McWilliams
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 458
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 305 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192835055
    ISBN 10: 019283505X

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000, LIT000000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: DS, FBC
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    2 maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    22 October 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "I think these World's Classics editions are really fine. The notes are meaningful and very useful to students, yet the way they are indicated in the text is not intrusive. Great job!."--Grace Epstein, Stephens College"[An] excellent inexpensive paperback edition. Much better quality than equivilant volumes. The explanatory notes are a valuable addition."--Jeff Cupp, Troy State University"'Historical Contexts' concise yet thorough. Apparatus generally very satisfying in its relevance and thoroughness."--Fred R. McFadden, Coppin State College"At last, a paperback book under $4.00! this edition is indeed a "World Classic."--Paul Putt, Lee College"Introductory material and historical notes are helpful."--Dr. Judy L. Martin, Missouri Western State College
    Review text
    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)