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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses. I suppose most critics probably come across books that really irratate them. Sometimes so much that there is nothing to do except write a scathing review about it. As a reader of some of those scathing reviews I can say that review of this kind sometimes end up being nothing more than boring rants. If you want to write scathing review, I think this is the way to do it. Twain take on Fenimore Cooper's work is detailed, it points to many examples of what is wrong, and how it should have I suppose most critics probably come across books that really irratate them.
Twain take on Fenimore Cooper's work is detailed, it points to many examples of what is wrong, and how it should have been done.
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It is never boring, and even though I've never actually read any of Cooper's novels, it hold the interest all the way through. In fact it stand on its own as a literary work, and that doesn't happen often with reviews. And the reason why it works so well is that it's done with humor. So much so that I laughed out loud several times.
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But Twain may just have ruined Fanimore Cooper for me, I don't think I could ever read his work without thinking of the flaws that Twain points out in this essay. View 2 comments. Otherwise known as the essay where a realistic writer criticizes a romantic writer for writing in the romantic style. I had to read this in school and I remember it made me laugh. I just finished reading Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and decided to re-read it.
There's nothing better than listening to someone rip into a book I didn't care for and it's even more satisfying when they criticizes many of the scenes that made me roll my eyes. I'd remembered the most famous line: "There have been daring pe Otherwise known as the essay where a realistic writer criticizes a romantic writer for writing in the romantic style.
I'd remembered the most famous line: "There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now. View all 4 comments. Sep 30, Davyne DeSye rated it it was amazing. Oh my gosh, this was fabulous… and horrifying. Basically, it is a twenty-seven page review of Fenimore Cooper 's writing. It would have been much more decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read Cooper. But the reader of the Deerslayer tale dislikes the good people in it, is indifferent to the others, and wishes they would all get drowned together.
Really fun read! Feb 07, Jade rated it it was amazing Shelves: humour , nonfiction , literature-litfic. I laughed so hard I thought I would keel over and die. Just look at that introduction! Twain had me in stitches through the whole thing.
First Period of His Literary Career
There are others of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these, and scenes even more thrilling. Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole. The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight. They were pure wo I laughed so hard I thought I would keel over and die.
They were pure works of art. One of the very greatest characters in fiction, Natty Bumppo The craft of the woodsman, the tricks of the trapper, all the delicate art of the forest were familiar to Cooper from his youth up.
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There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English, but they are all dead now Mark Twain's 'take down' piece is both mean and makes somewhat sense. Cooper is at an ideological disadvantage here as he is a romantic and Mark Twain is incredibly not. That in itself is a ground that's uneven so one can expect the scathing that's going to follow.
Twain nitpicks on things that can almost be categorized into tropes in the given style of writing. Cooper's characters are larger than life, they speak plain, they rise above the others and almost alw ooooh burn! Cooper's characters are larger than life, they speak plain, they rise above the others and almost always are better in the things that non-Cooper people are considered to be experts in.
It is a forgivable offense given how the romantic literature works. Though Twain isn't entirely wrong with this gripes, a rationalist ripping on a romantic writer seems to be harsh and frankly, biased.
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Twain goes as far as picking out words that Cooper uses and is metaphorically beats Cooper with a thesaurus which is quite unnecessary. The essay is not without humor and Twain doesn't hold back his scathing criticism. This essay is for everyone who gets told "don't read the book if you don't like the genre or style". Mar 26, Kaethe Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: format-ebooks , nonfiction. Most scathing long review ever.
It's funny, although Natasha wasn't impressed that I kept reading bits aloud. They weren't jokes. As a review it's kind of frustrating though. Hard to attach Twain's writing to specific places in Cooper's, because he takes everything out of context. I've no doubt that the sailing is all wrong, and possibly every other word, but it's hard to figure out the problems based only on Twain's review.
View 1 comment. Aug 29, morgan rated it it was amazing. I read Deerslayer for an essay I wrote in college, and found it to be insufferable. This is an absolute religious experience for me every time I read it. Shelves: classics-literature , read-in , non-fiction , humor , favorites. I read this while reading The Last of the Mohicans because I was becoming frustrated by his tiring writing style and I wondered if I was alone in my feeling. You can imagine my surprise when I found that, much to my astonishment, one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain , had critiqued James Fenimore Cooper 's work and concluded much the same as I had intuited.
I simply can't express the vindicating, exhilarating justice I felt upon reading this work by the well respected writer. Of course, Twain was referring to Cooper' I read this while reading The Last of the Mohicans because I was becoming frustrated by his tiring writing style and I wondered if I was alone in my feeling. Of course, Twain was referring to Cooper's other work, The Deerslayer , but it is relatively easy to apply the same criticisms to Copper's other work. Here are some of the offences that Mark Twain elucidates: Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
Biography of James Fenimore Cooper
Use the right word, not its second cousin. Eschew surplusage. Not omit necessary details. Avoid slovenliness of form. Use good grammar. Employ a simple and straightforward style. Cooper also published a number of romances set in the U.
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