Gleanings in Europe: Switzerland

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In the summer of 1828 James Fenimore Cooper, his wife, and their five children set out from Paris for Switzerland, and Cooper wrote that he experienced a “glorious anticipation,” for “a common-place converse with men was about to give place to a sublime communion with Nature.”

Sketches of Switzerland, the book which describes this experience and which is republished here for the first time in the United States since its original issue in 1836, was the first of five European travel books written, Cooper said, “for my own Countrymen,” in which the American novelist gave “rapid sketches” of what he saw “with American eyes,” studiously avoiding the drab, factual accounts of ordinary tourists.

His indispensable resources in the composition of Switzerland were his gifts of total recall and his skill in writing prose pictures in the style then known as “picturesque.” Seeking an immediacy analogous to that of the artist’s brush, Cooper captures various elements of “picturesque” style, especially the incongruity between the sublime, terrifying scenery and the more familiar sights and associations of domestic life.

Even in the creation of verbal pictures, Cooper could not resist expressing his concerns with society and politics; and though his criticism seems harmless enough today—perhaps even salutary—it was disturbing to American readers less secure than Cooper in their confidence in their institutions and society. Partly, at least, for this reason, Cooper’s most successful nonfictional experiment in the “picturesque” mode has never been adequately appreciated.
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SUNY Press
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361
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9780791499801
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James Fenimore Cooper's popular historical romances of frontier and Indian life created a unique form of American literature , spellbinding readers across both sides of the Atlantic. For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics presents Cooper's complete FICTIONAL works, with numerous illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Cooper's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 32 novels, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS are illustrated with their original artwork
* Special contents table for THE LEATHERSTOCKING TALES series of novels
* Includes Cooper's last novel THE WAYS OF THE HOUR, first time in digital print
* The complete short stories, with rare tales appearing for the first time
* Includes Cooper's play and a generous selection of non-fiction
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Cooper's contribution to literature
* Features two biographies - discover Cooper's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:
The Novels Precaution The Spy The Pioneers The Pilot Lionel Lincoln The Last Of The Mohicans The Prairie The Red Rover The Wept Of Wish-ton-wish The Water-witch The Bravo The Heidenmauer The Headsman: The Abbaye Des Vignerons The Monikins Homeward Bound Home As Found The Pathfinder Mercedes Of Castile The Deerslayer The Two Admirals The Wing-and-wing Wyandotté Afloat And Ashore Miles Wallingford Satanstoe The Chainbearer The Redskins The Crater Jack Tier The Oak Openings The Sea Lions The Ways Of The Hour The Shorter Fiction Tales For Fifteen: Or Imagination And Heart No Steamboats An Execution At Sea Autobiography Of A Pocket-handkerchief The Lake Gun The Play Upside Down: Or Philosophy In Petticoats Selected Non-fiction A Residence In France Recollections Of Europe The Chronicles Of Cooperstown Ned Myers New York The Criticism Discourse On The Life, Genius, And Writings Of James Fenimore Cooper By W. C. Bryant Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences By Mark Twain Books Necessary For A Liberal Education By Wilkie Collins Tales Of The Sea, 1898 By Joseph Conrad Various Reviews By Carl Van Doren The Biographies James Fenimore Cooper By Thomas R. Lounsbury James Fenimore Cooper By Mary E. Phillips
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