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EDITOR'S NOTE

FENIMORE COOPER was born in Burlington, New Jersey, 15th September, 1789; and while still an infant was transported to the wilds of the Susquehanna river, in New York State. There his father, having acquired a large tract of land (where Cooperstown presently arose), established a homestead; and there,— with the forest and the wild shores of Otsego Lake and frequent opportunities of watching and talking to the Indians who came to trade with or spy on the white settlers, to colour his days,-the boy grew up. In due course he went to Yale College, where his love of nature and a wild life helped to make him a rebel. In his third year, he was expelled; but his father thought him not wholly to blame, and decided that the sea was the best outlet for his exuberance. In preparation for the navy, he was shipped at seventeen as a sailor before the mast, and sailed in a trading vessel, the "Sterling," to England. In 1808 he was duly qualified as a midshipman in the American navy; had many varied experiences on the great lakes and at sea; and then, having married, was persuaded by his wife to give up the sea. He settled first near Cooperstown, took to farming, managing an estate, and house-building. It was some years later when he wrote his first novel, "Precaution," which was published in 1820. His second book, “The Spy,” was an immense advance on this, and written from personal knowledge and love of the scenes—in Westchester county-where its story takes place. Some six years more and his fame was finally secured on both sides of the Atlantic by "The Last of the Mohicans -one of the five "Leatherstocking Tales." The present book, "The Pathfinder," first appeared in 1840. Cooper died at Cooperstown, 14th

September, 1851. The following is a list of his works as first published:

Precaution, 1820; The Spy, 1821; The Pioneers, 1823; The Pilot, 1823; Lionel Lincoln, or the Leaguer of Boston, 1825; The Last of the Mohicans, 1826; The Prairie, 1827; The Red Rover, 1828; Notions of the Americans, 1828; The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish, 1829; The Water-witch, 1830; The Bravo, 1831; The Heidenmauer, or the Benedictines, 1832; The Headsman, 1833; A Letter to his Countrymen, 1834; The Monikins, 1835; Sketches of Switzerland, 1836; Gleanings in Europe: 1837; (England) 1837; (Italy) 1838; The American Democrat, 1838; Homeward Bound, 1838; The Chronicles of Cooperstown, 1838; Home as Found (Eve Effingham), 1839; History of the U.S. Navy, 1839; The Pathfinder, or the Inland Sea, 1840; Mercedes of Castile, 1841; The Deerslayer, or the First Warpath, 1841; The Two Admirals, 1842; The Wing-and-Wing (Jack o' Lantern), 1842; The Battle of Lake Erie, or Answers to Messrs. Burges, Duer and Mackenzie, 1843; The French Governess; or, The Embroidered Handkerchief, 1843; Richard Dale, 1843; Wyandotte, 1843; Ned Myers, or Life before the Mast, 1843; Afloat and Ashore (Miles Wallingford, Lucy Hardinge), two series, 1844; Proceedings of the Naval Court-Martial in the Case of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, etc., 1844; Satanstoe, 1845; The Chainbearer, 1846; Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers, 1846; The Red Skins, 1846; The Crater (Mark's Reef), 1847; Captain Spike; or the Islets of the Gulf, 1848; Jack Tier, or the Florida Reefs, 1848; The Oak Openings, or the Bee-Hunter, 1848; The Sea Lions, 1849; The Ways of the Hour, 1850.

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