Posted by Elaine on March 12, 1999 at 09:42:01:
In Reply to: Cooper's Perspective? posted by Janis on March 12, 1999 at 07:59:39:
: I enjoyed the discussion from yesterday on historical perspective. For those of you who know Cooper's writing well (I do not!), did he write with the intention of social and political messages, or did he just love writing for artistic reasons?
Cooper wrote for several reasons;
1. He began his literary career as an answer to his wife's challenge to make good his boast & prove he could write better than the author of a novel he complained about.
2. Once he stepped into the role of author, it became a means to support his family, as well as the families of his deceased brothers.
3. Cooper was very opinionated & felt strongly about socio-political issues. His writings were outlets for his views & he used this tool to express his concerns & sorrows as an attempt to influence the public.
Cooper loved literature & was an avid reader. However, I'm not so sure he actually loved writing. Prolific as he was, his works were created more from financial necessity than artistic pleasure.
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