One of the most devastating and humorous criticisms of the world of The Deerslayer and the other "Leatherstocking Tales" was written by Mark Twain. His satirical attack upon the "literary offenses" of Cooper was based upon the unreal world of the American frontier depicted in the "Leatherstocking Tales." Mark Twain, for example, was annoyed by all the dry twigs being snapped as the characters in Cooper's romances stalk their Mingo foes or are stalked by their equally stealthy opponents; and he suggested that the "Leatherstocking Tales" should be renamed "The Broken Twig Series." It is true that Cooper uses this descriptive effort very often in The Deerslayer, but Mark Twain, in selecting this single mannerism, was endeavoring to criticize Cooper's whole concept of the American experience at this time. Although Twain listed eighteen "offenses" of Cooper, the American humorist was most critical of the
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