The pioneers
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The pioneers

By James Fenimore Cooper
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Book Description

With The Pioneers (1823), Cooper initiated his series of elegiac romances of frontier life and introduced the world to Natty Bumppo (or Leather-stocking). Set in 1793 in New York State, the novel depicts an aging Leather-stocking negotiating his way in a restlessly expanding society. In his introduction, Robert Daly argues for the novel’s increasing relevance: we live in a similarly complex society as Cooper’s frontier world, faced with the same questions about the limits of individualism, the need for voluntary cooperation, and stewardship of the environment. The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of The Pioneers in the The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper, published by the State University of New York Press.

Table of Contents
  • THE PIONEERS
  • Or, The Sources of the Susquehanna
    • A Descriptive Tale
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER I.
  • CHAPTER II
  • CHAPTER III
  • CHAPTER IV
  • CHAPTER V
  • CHAPTER VI
  • CHAPTER VII.
  • CHAPTER VIII.
  • CHAPTER IX.
  • CHAPTER X.
  • CHAPTER XI.
  • CHAPTER XII.
  • CHAPTER XIII.
  • CHAPTER XIV.
  • CHAPTER XV.
  • CHAPTER XVI
  • CHAPTER XVII
  • CHAPTER XVIII.
  • CHAPTER XIX.
  • CHAPTER XX.
  • CHAPTER XXI.
  • CHAPTER XXII
  • CHAPTER XXIII.
  • CHAPTER XXIV.
  • CHAPTER XXV.
  • CHAPTER XXVI.
  • CHAPTER XXVII.
  • CHAPTER XXVIII.
  • CHAPTER XXIX.
  • CHAPTER XXX.
  • CHAPTER XXXI.
  • CHAPTER XXXII.
  • CHAPTER XXXIII.
  • CHAPTER XXXIV.
  • CHAPTER XXXV.
  • CHAPTER XXXVI.
  • CHAPTER XXXVII.
  • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
  • CHAPTER XXXIX.
  • CHAPTER XL.
  • CHAPTER XLI.
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