Despite his failure to produce a worthwhile novel

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Despite his failure to produce a worthwhile novel, Cooper was not discouraged; and he found a  genuine pleasure in writing. He turned to the sources he knew intimately: the sea, and his own  country. In 1821 Cooper published  The Spy,  critically acclaimed as the first important historical novel  in American literature. Cooper described the adventures of a romantic hero, Harvey Birch, during the  American Revolution around Westchester County. The successful utilization in this book of romantic  and American elements established Cooper as a promising writer, and he exploited his winning  formula by writing two more books in 1823.  The Pilot  is the first American novel worthy of the  classification of sea fiction, and Cooper made excellent use of his nautical training and experiences.  He allegedly intended to improve upon Sir Walter Scott's popular success, 
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