Cooper was very sensitive to the criticism about his portrayal of the Indians of North America

Cooper was very sensitive to the criticism about his portrayal of the Indians of North America

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Unformatted text preview: Cooper was very sensitive to the criticism about his portrayal of the Indians of North America, and he used a paragraph in the "Preface" to The Deerslayer to confirm and defend the charge that his Indians were not of the school of nature. James Russell Lowell, the American poet and critic (and a contemporary of Cooper), even went beyond such criticism when he wrote humorously (and seriously) in A Fable for Critics that: "His Indians, with proper respect be it said,/ Are just Natty Bumppo, daubed with red." Cooper, then, creates an image of the Indians just as he has formed an epic and mythic hero in Natty Bumppo. Although he did not reply to Lowell's charge, Cooper did acknowledge his reliance on the reports of the Moravian missionary, J. G. E. Heckewelder, about the characteristics of the North American natives. It is also interesting to recall that Cooper explains in characteristics of the North American natives....
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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.

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