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The history of how our beloved and free land America came to be issomething so great and important Many artists poets and authors haveproduced masterpieces about our countrys creation story influenced andinspired by stories of their own James Fenimore Cooper a nineteenthcentury author wrote educating novels and stories pertaining to how weas Americans came to be adding a twist of his own life and opinions inthe mix His notable creations from the Leatherstocking Tales to theVoyage to the Cathay are timeless pieces proving to be trulyremarkable entertaining and educating James Fenimore Cooper proves tobe an exceptional american novelist Coopers novels were very educating Coopers writings always stuck toa set of major ideas or themes such as American history and societythe backwoods frontier and the sea Reuben 3 The inspiration forthese themes and all of Coopers writings came from a variety of placesincluding his childhood and life experiences On September 15 1789James Fenimore Cooper was born to William and Elizabeth Cooper inBurlington New Jersey Edmund 278 His father William had written AGuide in the Wilderness which conveyed his thoughts on the enhancementof wilderness and nature Edmund 278 Because of his interest inwilderness William Cooper in turn served as an inspiration for ThePioneers Judge Temple Edmund 278 James was a student in YaleUniversity where he did not take advantage of such a prestigiouseducation opportunity Edmund 278 In his third year enrolled as a Yalestudent Cooper was expelled from the college for constant disruptionand distraction Edmund 278 Coopers father was not pleased and tookit in his own hands to enroll James in a position in the US navyReuben p 34 This naval career and its location on Lake Ontarioserved as inspiration for The Pathfinder Edmund 278 James Cooper married SusanDe Lancey in 1811 Edmund 278 In 1820 after reading a novel he feltwas entirely below his expectations he proposed the idea that he couldwrite something better Edmund
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