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By Kate Chopin

ISBN-10: 1440672709

ISBN-13: 9781440672705

Released for the 1st time as Chopin meant, it is a selection of her such a lot cutting edge tales, together with "The tale of an Hour," "An Egyptian Cigarette," and "The Kiss."

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As with the Leather-Stocking Tales, Cooper’s strongest contributions to the sea novel were his romantic characters and settings. Instead of minor stock characters, Cooper coined complex individuals who, facing the continual crises of wind and tide, might rise to heroism or fall to dishonor. Cooper’s fictional portrait of the historic John Paul Jones in The Pilot is complemented by a homespun sailor named Long Tom Coffin— a Leather-stocking of the sea. The Red Rover caused a sensation with its dashing title character.

But men’s names dominate bibliographies in Cooper scholarship and American Studies.

Such rarefied admiration does not preclude a reader from regarding Cooper’s characters as creatures worthy of compassion. Cooper rarely descends to crude or mean-spirited stereotypes. More positively, his fixed characters’ moments of vulnerability grow more poignant. In The Deerslayer, Judith, a powerful beauty compromised by earlier sexual adventures, invites the young Leather-stocking to propose marriage to her. Destiny or honor condemns these intense misfits to lonely and dangerous lives. Yet Judith’s brief humility, and Deerslayer’s discreet denial, fill this moment with pathos far outweighing any willfully happy ending.

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