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The men who are brave came to a new land America which is uncivilized and unspoiled they settled up a new unique and developed nation Their first aim was to gain their own freedom and applied it to life by democracy This unique land America attracted the immigrants interest The stories that we will deal with The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper and Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving reflects this background of America I JAMES FENIMORE COOPER S LIFE WRITING CAREER 1 1 JAMES FENIMORE COOPER S LIFE James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington New Jersey on September 15 1789 Cooper attended a private preparatory school at Albany New York and was then admitted to Yale in 1803 His family allowed him to join the navy as a midshipman but he soon found that more discipline was present in the Navy than at Yale Cooper married Susan De Lancy in 1811 and for the next ten years he led the life of a country gentleman Cooper died at Cooperstown on September 14 1851 one day before his sixty-second birthday Cooper was and still an immensely popular writer and he is generally considered to be the first major American novelist Boynton 256 1 2 JAMES FENIMORE COOPER S WRITING CAREER Cooper lived and wrote in the times between the Revolution and the War Between the States He was the first important American writer who dealed on the subjects and landscape of his native land in order to create a vivid myth of frontier lifeCoopers literary career which covers a period of 30 years and includes more than 50 publications began in 1820 with the appearance of Precaution
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