The Spy

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Posted by Brent on April 26, 2000 at 16:06:08:

I was just wondering if any of you Cooper fans have read his second novel "The Spy" (1821), and what you thought of it. And if you haven't, I highly recommend reading it. Cooper wrote this novel before any of The Leatherstocking Tales. The Spy was the first to use American history and characters (it is set during the American Revolution) and really launched J.F. Cooper's career. I've also read The Deerslayer, LOTM, and The Pathfinder; and surprisingly, I liked The Spy better than those first three Leatherstocking Tales.

And on a similar note, I've also visited Cooperstown, New York and have been to Cooper's house which is now an art museum on the shore of Lake Otsego. It was really interesting to visit the site of The Deerslayer, and see all the places made famous in the novel.


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