The quintessential story of the American frontier
Set during the French and Indian War, The Last of the Mohicans is the second installment in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales and one of the greatest action stories ever told.
When the Munro sisters and their traveling party are betrayed by Magua, a Huron guide, the skilled and courageous woodsman Natty Bumppo—better known as Hawkeye—and his Mohican comrades Chingachgook and Uncas come to their rescue. The thrilling adventures that ensue, from the siege of a British fort by French forces to the clever infiltration of a native village to the dramatic final showdown atop a rocky cliff, are an entertaining and sincere tribute to a way of life that was already vanishing from the American wilderness.
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“[Cooper’s] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine—and as perfectly unaffected—as his art.” —Joseph Conrad
James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) began his literary career with a bet that he could write a novel better than the one his wife was reading. He went on to become one of the most popular authors of his era and is today considered a father of the American novel. He is best remembered for the Leatherstocking Tales, a five-volume series starring the incomparable frontiersman Natty Bumppo.