The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

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  • ISBN 9780140390247
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Cooper’s most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition.

Set against the French and Indian siege of Fort William Henry in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans recounts the story of two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, who are struggling to be reunited with their father. They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw. In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation.

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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper, Introduction by: Richard Slotkin


"[Cooper’s] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine — and as perfectly unaffected — as his art."
- Joseph Conrad
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