Stocking tale in order of composition, and The Pilot
, to show that Scott
was written by a landsman!
and The last of the Mohicans
The next seven years were spent in Europe
, mainly in France
, where The Prairie
and The red Rover
now looked back upon his countrymen with eyes of critical detachment, and made ready to tell them some of their faults.
He came home to Cooperstown
in 1833, the year after Irving
's return to America
He had won, deservedly, a great fame, which he proceeded to imperil by his combativeness with his neighbors and his harsh strictures upon the national character, due mainly to his lofty conception of the ideal America
He continued to spin yarns of sea and shore, and to write naval history.
The tide of fashion set against him in the eighteen-forties when Bulwer
rode into favor, but the stouthearted old pioneer could afford to bide his time.
HIe died in 1851, just as Mrs. Stowe
was writing Uncle Tomn's cabin
Two generations have passed since then, and Cooper
's place in our literature remains secure.
To have written our first historical novel, The Spy
, our first sea-story, The Pilot
, and to have created