Re: Cooper as Art, Literature, or what?

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Posted by Gayle on July 13, 1998 at 13:49:45:

In Reply to: Re: Cooper as Art, Literature, or what? posted by Bill R on July 13, 1998 at 13:04:02:

: Figures. First post in ages and already I am in trouble again! :-)

I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK. I DO appreciate your sense of humor.

: As to the two different stories....they were and they weren't. Wouldnt it have been horrible if he had kept as much the same words coming out of DDL's mouth as Cooper had coming out of Natty Bumpo's?

He might have gotten away with the dialect, but he would have never gotten away with the closed minded bigotry that Natty spewed all the time.

Or tried to pass off as believable some of the incredibly unbelievable things Cooper wrote? Well, go to the site I mentioned and see what Mark Twain had to say about Cooper. Bearing in mind Mark Twain can be pretty sarcastic.....

Twain wasn't as much sarcastic as he was just plain observant and FUNNY. Over the years I have re-read the Twain pieces on Cooper many times, and I still crack up over them. I read and love Cooper's works for many reasons, but the only criticism I really resent is that from people like D.H. Lawrence, who dared to publish reviews in which glaring errors about the characters, the plot and even the location of the events made it blatantly obvious that he had never READ the books. Twain, on the other hand, not only read the books, but paid attention! His dissection of the scene in "The Deerslayer" in which the Indians try to jump onto the ark and fall into the water is unmatched for pure joy! I certainly concur with your appreciation of Twain's reviews.


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