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The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
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May 07, 2012

did not like it
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I see no justification for reading Cooper whatsoever--not as a classic author of American literature and not as a record of the times in which he wrote. For context, Mary Rowlandson is a much more palatable read. Cooper was a bad writer, plain and simple. That his popularity among his own contemporaries has somehow wheedled its way into the twenty-first century reflects nothing of Cooper's inherent value, only the gross idolatry we continue to show for a body of historically poor writing cherished by those of even poorer tastes.
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