Cooper decided to become a writer

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Cooper decided to become a writer, but the explanations for this decision are still not clear. Prior to  the age of 30, Cooper had never composed a serious work of literature; according to some sources,  he regarded even the writing of letters as an onerous task. One reason for his decision may, of  course, be his financial position, although a lack of money and the attendant need to earn it do not  give one the ability to write. However, one reason for his decision is often mentioned: Cooper,  reading a mediocre English romance, said casually to his wife that he could write a better book, and  she challenged him to do so. In 1820, Cooper published  Precaution,  a romance in imitation of the  popular books of Jane Austen, with a background of English drawing room conversations and  gossip. But  Precaution  won Cooper little praise from critics or the public. Despite his failure to produce a worthwhile novel, Cooper was not discouraged; and he found a 
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