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Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief

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In this rare and unusual text, a pocket handkerchief tells its story—from flax field to its creation in Paris, and on to respectable Manhattan society. After passing through many hands, it is finally reunited with its original maker. Significant for its surprising narrative voice and its exploration of French and American cultures, this delightfully quirky satire was Coope ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Hesperus Press (first published 1843)
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I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by this book. How original, the story is narrated by the hankerchief itself, and through this, Cooper gave us a nice view of politics, culture and social life in France and America. it reminded me of Tim Obrian's The Things They Carried...
In all honesty, I thought this book was awful. I was expecting something funny, witty, intelligent,but I don't feel that it was any of the above. Perhaps, I will one day re-read it, maybe I missed the point....
What a delight! This story was part of a compilation of short stories I am currently reading. I almost skipped it, as it was the longest of the stories and the title was less than intriguing. I'm so glad I gave it a shot! The language was wonderful and the characters well-defined. A fun little gem.
Carolyn Clay
Best book I've read in a long time! Excellent vocabulary, witty, insightful, & God-honoring.
Lauren Perotto
Kudos to the author for being able to write such an interesting story from the point of view of a handkerchief.
Definitely an interesting read with high language and hidden political/moral truths. Cooper weaves a fine story and represents his views of America and her people.
Sweet storyline.
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James Fenimore Cooper was a popular and prolific American writer. He is best known for his historical novel The Last of the Mohicans, one of the Leatherstocking Tales stories, and he also wrote political fiction, maritime fiction, travelogues, and essays on the American politics of the time. His daughter Susan Fenimore Cooper was also a writer.

* The Leatherstocking Tales
* The Littlepage Man
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“To those who live in the narrow circle of human interests and human feelings, there ever exists, unheeded, almost unnoticed, before their very eyes, the most humbling proofs of their own comparative insignificance in the scale of creation, which, in the midst of their admitted mastery over the earth and all it contains, it would be well for them to consider, if they would obtain just views of what they are and what they were intended to be.” 0 likes
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