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Encyclopedia > The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans
Author James Fenimore Cooper
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Series Leatherstocking
Genre(s) Historical novel
Publisher H.C. Carey & I. Lea
Publication date January 1826
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 2 vol.
ISBN NA
Preceded by The Pioneers (1823)
Followed by The Prairie (1827)

The Last of the Mohicans is an epic novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826. Image File history File links Largemohicanpenguin. ... 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. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the hero Natty Bumppo, otherwise known as Leatherstocking, Pathfinder, Deerslayer, or Hawkeye. ... --70. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... “ISBN” redirects here. ... The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna is one of the Leatherstocking Tales, a series of five novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper. ... The Prairie: A Tale (1827) is an epic novel of James Fenimore Cooper, the third novel written by him featuring Natty Bumppo, his fictitious frontier hero, who is simply known as the trapper in this novel. ... The Last of the Mohicans can refer to: In literature: The Last of the Mohicans, the classic epic novel by James Fenimore Cooper In film: The Last of the Mohicans (1992 film), based on Coopers novel The Last of the Mohicans (1920 film), as above In music: The Last... This article is about the literary concept. ... 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. ... 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). ...


It was one of the most popular English-language novels of its time, and helped establish Cooper as one of the first world-famous American writers. Its narrative flaws were criticized from the start, and its length and elaborately formal prose style have reduced its appeal to later readers. But The Last of the Mohicans properly remains on the syllabi of most American literature courses. It is the best known of the Leatherstocking Tales, and Cooper wrote his novel The Prairie as a sequel to it. Look up syllabus in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... American literature refers to written or literary work produced in the area of the United States and Colonial America. ... 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...


The story takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of the American and Canadian colonies. During this war, the French often allied themselves with Native American tribes in order to gain an advantage over the British, with unpredictable and often tragic results. Combatants France First Nations allies: Algonquin Lenape Wyandot Ojibwa Ottawa Shawnee Great Britain American Colonies Iroquois Confederacy Strength 3,900 regulars 7,900 militia 2,200 natives (1759) 50,000 regulars and militia (1759) Casualties 3,000 killed, wounded or captured 10,040 killed, wounded or captured The French and... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ...

Contents

Plot

Mohicans was the second book by Cooper, following Pioneers in 1823, to feature the pioneer Nathaniel ("Natty") Bumppo, who is known variously throughout The Leatherstocking Tales as "Deerslayer," "Hawkeye," "Pathfinder," "Leatherstocking," etc., or simply as "The Scout." He personifies the rugged individualism and the pioneer spirit that is central to the American identity to this day. Nathaniel (Natty) Bumppo is the fictional protagonist of James Fenimore Coopers series of five novels, known as the Leatherstocking Tales. ... 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... The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the hero Natty Bumppo, otherwise known as Leatherstocking, Pathfinder, Deerslayer, or Hawkeye. ... Look up hawk-eye in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Pathfinder or pathfinders may refer to: In astronomy: Mars Pathfinder, NASA exploration probe Space Shuttle Pathfinder, space shuttle mockup known as OV-098 In the military: Pathfinders (military), specialized elite airborne soldiers who perform many dangerous assignments Pathfinder Badge (U.S.), military badge of the United States Army awarded to... The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the hero Natty Bumppo, otherwise known as Leatherstocking, Pathfinder, Deerslayer, or Hawkeye. ...


The story is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War, and concerns a Huron massacre (with passive French acquiescence) of from 500 to 1,500 unarmed Anglo-American troops, who had honorably surrendered, plus some women and servants; the kidnapping of two sisters, daughters of the British commander; and their rescue by Hawk-eye, the last two Mohicans, and others. Parts of the story may have been derived from the capture and death of Jane McCrea in July 1777 near Fort Edward, New York, by members of an Algonquian tribe. A map of the Province of New York. ... Combatants France First Nations allies: Algonquin Lenape Wyandot Ojibwa Ottawa Shawnee Great Britain American Colonies Iroquois Confederacy Strength 3,900 regulars 7,900 militia 2,200 natives (1759) 50,000 regulars and militia (1759) Casualties 3,000 killed, wounded or captured 10,040 killed, wounded or captured The French and... Jane McCrae (1752?- 1777) was a Tory loyalist during the American Revolutionary War. ... The Algonquian (also Algonkian) languages are a subfamily of Native American languages that includes most of the languages in the Algic language family (others are Wiyot and Yurok of northwestern California). ...


Characters

  • Magua (ma-gwah)– the villain tribe of the piece; the chief driven from his tribe for drunkenness and later whipped by the British Army (also for drunkenness), for which he blames Colonel Munro
  • Chingachgook – last chief of the Mohican tribe; escort to the travelling Munro sisters, father to Uncas
  • Uncas – last of the Mohican tribe; escort to the travelling Munro sisters.
  • Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo, known as "Hawkeye" – the "American hero" and escort to the Munro sisters, long-time friend of Chingachgook
  • Cora Munro – dark-haired daughter of Colonel Munro; her mother (who died young) was half-white half-black, which means that Cora is a quadroon (one-fourth black)
  • Alice Munro – Cora's younger, blonde half-sister
  • Colonel Munro – the sisters' father, a British army colonel in command of Fort William Henry
  • Duncan Heyward – a British army major from Virginia who falls in love with Cora Munro
  • David Gamut – a psalmodist (teacher of psalm singing)
  • General Webb – Colonel Munro's commanding officer, originally stationed at Albany, who later takes command at Fort Edward (whence he either cannot or will not come to Colonel Munro's aid when Fort William Henry is besieged by the French)
  • General the Marquis de Montcalm – the French commander-in-chief, referred to by the Hurons and other Indian allies of the French as "the great white father of the Canadas"
  • Tamenund – the "Sachem" of the Huron

Magua is a Huron indian in the novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. ... Chingachgook was a fictional character in four of James Fenimore Coopers five Leatherstocking Tales, a lone Mohican chief and companion of the series hero Natty Bumppo. ... Uncas (c. ... Look up hawk-eye in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Quadroon, octoroon and, more rarely, quintroon were historically racial categories of hypodescent used in Latin America and parts of the 19th century Southern United States, particularly Louisiana. ... Lt Col George Monro (sometimes spelt Munro) was a British Army officer, best remembered for his resolute but ultimately unsuccessful defence of Fort William Henry in 1757 during Seven Years War / French and Indian War and the subsequent massacre of his garrison at the hands of France’s American Indian... Portrait of Montcalm Montcalm trying to stop Native Americans from attacking British soldiers and civilians as they leave Fort William Henry. ...

Film, television, theatrical and other adaptations

A number of films have been based on the book, which is long - and movies need to be short. Hence numerous cuts, compressions, and inevitable distortions of the book appear in the film versions of 1911, The Last of the Mohicans (1920 film), The Last of the Mohicans (serial), The Last of the Mohicans (1936 film) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992 film). The 1920 version directed by Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur is well regarded, as is George Brackett Seitz's 1936 starring Randolph Scott as "Hawk-eye." The 1920 film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The 1992 film by Michael Mann starring Daniel Day-Lewis as "Nathaniel Poe," Madeleine Stowe as "Cora Munro," Russell Means as "Chingachgook," Wes Studi as "Magua" and Eric Schweig as "Uncas" was, according to Mann, based more on the 1936 film version than on Cooper's book. The Last of the Mohicans is a 1920 film version of James Fenimore Coopers novel with a same name. ... The Last of the Mohicans (1932) is a Mascot movie serial based on the novel Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. ... The Last of the Mohicans (1932) is a Mascot movie serial based on the novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. ... This article is about the 1992 film. ... Clarence Brown (May 10, 1890 – August 17, 1987) was an American film director. ... Maurice Tourneur, born February 2, 1873 – died August 4, 1961, was an important international film director and screenwriter. ... George Brackett Seitz ( January 3, 1888 – July 8, 1944 ) was a playwright, screenwriter, film actor and director who is known for his screenplays for action serials, including: The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Iron Claw (1916). ... Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American motion picture actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943 in Chicago) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957), is an Academy-Award winning and Golden Globe-award nominated actor. ... Stowe pictured with John Travolta in 1999s The Generals Daughter Madeleine Stowe (born August 18, 1958) is an American actress. ... Russell Means (born November 10, 1939) is one of contemporary Americas best-known and prolific activists for the rights of American Indians. ... Wesley Wes Studi (born December 17, 1947) is an American actor of Cherokee Indian descent. ... Eric Schweig (born on 19 June 1967 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada) is a Canadian actor best known for his role as Uncas in the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans. ...


A number of television movies and serials have also been made, including the 1932 12-chapter motion picture serial starring Harry Carey as "Hawkeye", the 1957 ITC Entertainment series Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans starring John Hart as "Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler" and Lon Chaney Jr. as "Chingachgook," and a 1977 made-for-TV version starring Steve Forrest as "Hawkeye," Ned Romero as "Chingachgook" and Don Shanks as "Uncas." DVD front cover for The Adventures of Captain Marvel, one of the most celebrated serials for both Republic Pictures and of the sound era in general. ... Harry Carey (January 16, 1878–September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent films earliest superstars. ... The ITC Entertainment logo The Incorporated Television Company (ITC) was founded by television mogul Lew Grade in 1954. ... Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans was a television Western series made for syndication by ITC Entertainment and Normandie Productions in 1957. ... Lon Chaney, Jr. ... Steve Forrest (born William Forrest Andrews on September 29, 1924 in Huntsville, Texas) is an American actor and the younger brother of actor Dana Andrews. ... Ned Romero (born 1925 in Franklin, Louisiana) is an American actor who has appeared in television and film. ... Don Shanks (born Donald L. Shanks on February 26, 1950) is an American actor, known as playing the mass serial killer Michael Myers in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, also graduated from Southwestern High School in Piasa, Illinois. ...


The British Broadcasting Corporation made an eight chapter TV serial of the book in 1971, which had notable performances from Philip Madoc as "Magua," Kenneth Ives as "Hawkeye," John Abineri as "Chingachgook" and Patricia Maynard as "Cora Munro." This serial popularized the term "Mohican hairstyle" in Britain for what is known as a Mohawk hairstyle in the US, although this hairstyle was actually worn by the Hurons, not the Mohicans, in the serial. This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Philip Madoc (born 5 July 1934 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a British actor who has had many television and film roles. ... Kenneth Ives is a British actor turned director with a number of 1960s and 1970s television credits. ... John Abineri was a British actor who lived 18 May 1928 to 29 June 2000. ... Patricia Maynard (born February 16, 1942 in Beighton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is an actor. ... The famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant wearing a scalp lock. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ...


The usual deletions from cinematic versions of The Last of the Mohicans are the extensive sections about the Indians themselves, thus confounding Cooper's purpose. Further, romantic relationships, non-existent or minimal in the novel, are generated between the principal characters, and the roles of some characters are reversed or altered, as are the events.


A children's edition was published in 1962 with illustrations by René Follet. René Follet (born April 10, 1931 in Brussels), known by the pen name Ref, is a Belgian comics writer and artist. ...


Currently, Marvel Illustrated is publishing a comic book mini-series of the story. The series has two issues published thus far with four more on the way. Marvel Illustrated is an imprint for comic adaptations of classic literature which launches in the next several monthes. ...


DVD Release

The Last of the Mohicans (1971 and 1992 versions) are currently available on DVD.


Influence on later culture

  • The Brazilian Band Soulfly named one of their songs "L.O.T.M. (Last of the Mohicans)".
  • Ja Rule also has a song called "Last Of The Mohicans," similar to the 1992 movie theme except for the inclusion of a bass beat and original lyrics by Ja.
  • M*A*S*H doctor Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce's nickname comes from Cooper's novels. The character claims that the only book his father ever read was The Last of the Mohicans. The character in the television series claims that it was his father's favorite book.
  • In 2003, Essendon Football Club coach Kevin Sheedy labelled stalwart ruckman Steven Alessio as "The Last of the Mohicans." [1]
  • In The Simpsons, a Mohican explains that the extinction of his people was a myth made up because "Chicks really dig it when you're the last of something."

Soulfly is a heavy metal band started by Max Cavalera in 1997 after his decision to leave Sepultura. ... Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule is an American rapper from Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, United States. ... Captain Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce is the lead fictional character in the M*A*S*H novels, film, and television series. ... Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club that is part of the Australian Football League. ... For the footballer who played for Everton and Ireland, see Kevin Sheedy (footballer). ... Ruckman may mean: Ruckman, West Virginia Ruckman (Australian rules football position) This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Steven Alessio (born 8 November, 1971), is a former Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ In Beaver's IQ an episode of [Leave it to Beaver] he has to read Last of the Mohicans [1]

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