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The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the hero Natty Bumppo, known by European settlers as "Leatherstocking," and by the Native Americans as "Pathfinder," "Deerslayer," or "Hawkeye". The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Cooper portrait by John Wesley Jarvis, 1822 James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. ... Pathfinder can have several meanings: // Fiction Relating to James Fenimore Coopers Leatherstocking Tales novels:(Also is known as The Inland Sea) Pathfinder, a nickname for Natty Bumppo The Pathfinder, the title of one of the novels Relating to the Star Trek fictional universe: Pathfinder (Voyager episode), an episode of... The word Hawkeye may be applied in a number of ways: James Fenimore Cooper invented the character of Hawkeye, first of the long rifles, and his faithful Mohican blood brother Chingachgook, in The Pioneers, published in 1823. ...


Listed chronologically by story action, the books are: Chronology is the science of locating events in time. ...

Story Dates Title Subtitle Publication Date
1744
The Deerslayer The First War Path
1841
1757
The Last of the Mohicans A Narrative of 1757
1826
175-
The Pathfinder The Inland Sea
1840
1793
The Pioneers The Sources of the Susquehanna
1823
1804
The Prairie A Tale
1827

Note that these are the dates given by Cooper in the tales themselves. They don't all correspond with the actual dates of historical events described in the series. This may have been done for convenience's sake, for instance to avoid making Leatherstocking 100 years old when he travelled the Kansas plains in The Prairie. Many readers agree that the books are better appreciated if read in the order in which they were written instead of the order that they were to have taken place. // Events The third French and Indian War, known as King Georges War, breaks out at Port Royal, Nova Scotia The First Saudi State founded by Mohammed Ibn Saud Prague occupied by Prussian armies Ongoing events War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748) Births January 10 - Thomas Mifflin, fifth President... This novel, Coopers last contribution to his five part Leatherstocking Tales, introduces Natty Bumppo as a young frontiersman in early 18th-century New York. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1757 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... For other uses, see The Last of the Mohicans (disambiguation). ... The oldest surviving photograph, Nicéphore Niépce, circa 1826 1826 (MDCCCXXVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the hero Natty Bumppo, known by European settlers as Leatherstocking, and by the Native Americans as Pathfinder, Deerslayer, or Hawkeye. Listed chronologically by story action, the books are: Note that these are the dates... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1793 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1823 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1804 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Naval Battle of Navarino by Carneray 1827 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Natty Bumppo character is generally believed to have been inspired, at least in part, by the real-life squatter David Shipman. This article is about occupying land without permission. ... David Shipman ( 1730 – 1813 ) is generally considered to be the real-life inspiration for James Fenimore Coopers Natty Bumppo in the Leatherstocking Tales. ...

  • There have been many depictions of this character on film. Most used one of his nicknames, most often Hawkeye. In the 1992 film version of Last of the Mohicans, Hawkeye's name was changed to Nathaniel Poe to avoid titters from the audience being reminded of Hawkeye Pierce from MASH.

The Last of the Mohicans is an epic novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826. ... Captain Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce was the lead fictional character of the book M*A*S*H (and sequel books) (by Richard Hooker, the pen name of Dr. H. Richard Hornberger), the film M*A*S*H and television series M*A*S*H. The character was played by Donald... M*A*S*H is an American medical drama/black comedy produced by 20th Century Fox for CBS. M*A*S*H was created by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch 22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel MASH, and the 1970 film of the same name. ...

References

  • James H. Pickering, Cooper's Otsego Heritage: The Sources of The Pioneers, 1979
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Saga, edited by Allan Nevins, Pantheon Books, 1954.

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THE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES ... IN REVIEW (1078 words)
The set of five historical novels known as The Leatherstocking Tales is a complex and adventure-packed trip into the lush and unpredictable wilderness of 18th Century America.
Having fled the relentless sound of axes hewing down his beloved forests in the east, the Leatherstocking is now in his eighties and has isolated himself in the land of the Pawnee, the Sioux and countless herds of buffalo.
Although couched in the language of the early 1800s, the issues which confront the characters of The Leatherstocking Tales are still unresolved and are as relevant as today's newspaper.
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