Books: First U.S. Novelist

First U. S. Novelist

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER—Henry Walcott Boynton—Century ($5).

There are signs that the critical market, more variable than the stock exchange, is beginning to raise James Fenimore Cooper, first great U. S. novelist, from the slump into which an unsympathetic generation let him slide. This biography, the first full length one in 50 years, is one of the signs.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) came of a good New Jersey family. His father acquired some land on Lake Otsego, N. Y., started a settlement there which became Cooperstown. James Fenimore had all the advantages a...

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