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Unformatted text preview: Cooper's main appeal to young people in his romances about Natty Bumppo, as well as such sea fiction as The Pilot, has been his skill in holding reader interest. He, in short, knows how to spin a story; he is a born storyteller, if such is possible. He uses suspense, close brushes with disaster, accidents, good and bad luck for his characters, mistakes, surprise, and coincidence to promote his cause. All the romantic ideas are here in addition to literary devices long in use. When Cooper is embarked on a scene of action, the reader is so engaged in tracking the course of the characters that the literary scaffolding employed is not usually noticed, and is forgiven if it is sometimes excessively visible. These two positive features of Cooper's art were also the qualities first recognized, accepted, and appreciated by his readers. He won popular fame and critical applause by recognized, accepted, and appreciated by his readers....
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.
- Fall '11