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  • Title: Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9781613100455
  • Page: 127
  • Format: ebook

  • Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 He gained national attention as a humourist in 1865 with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 1885 In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill fated Paige typesetter,Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 He gained national attention as a humourist in 1865 with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 1885 In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill fated Paige typesetter, an invention designed to make the printing process fully automatic At the height of his naively optimistic involvement in the technological wonder that nearly drove him to bankruptcy, he published his satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court 1889 Plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about the damned human race.
    Mark Twain
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.


    Hákon Gunnarsson
    I suppose most critics probably come across books that really irratate them. Sometimes so much that there is nothing to do except write a scathing review about it. As a reader of some of those scathing reviews I can say that review of this kind sometimes end up being nothing more than boring rants. If you want to write scathing review, I think this is the way to do it.Twain take on Fenimore Cooper's work is detailed, it points to many examples of what is wrong, and how it should have been done. [...]

    Otherwise known as the essay where a realistic writer criticizes a romantic writer for writing in the romantic style. I had to read this in school and I remember it made me laugh. I just finished reading Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and decided to re-read it. There's nothing better than listening to someone rip into a book I didn't care for and it's even more satisfying when they criticizes many of the scenes that made me roll my eyes. I'd remembered the most famous line: "There have been d [...]

    Davyne DeSye
    Oh my gosh, this was fabulous… and horrifying. Basically, it is a twenty-seven page review of Fenimore Cooper's writing.This had me laughing out loud at several points because I could absolutely see what Mark Twain was complaining about, but still… I mean, it’s Fenimore Cooper, right? He’s, um, kinda famous…Just to give a couple of examples of my laugh-out-loud moments, Twain opens by quoting (other people's) positive comments about Cooper’s writing and then follows with:“It seems [...]

    I laughed so hard I thought I would keel over and die. Just look at that introduction! Twain had me in stitches through the whole thing. "The Pathfinder" and "The Deerslayer" stand at the head of Cooper's novels as artistic creations. There are others of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these, and scenes even more thrilling. Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole. The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight. They were pure wo [...]

    ooooh burn!Mark Twain's 'take down' piece is both mean and makes somewhat sense. Cooper is at an ideological disadvantage here as he is a romantic and Mark Twain is incredibly not. That in itself is a ground that's uneven so one can expect the scathing that's going to follow.Twain nitpicks on things that can almost be categorized into tropes in the given style of writing. Cooper's characters are larger than life, they speak plain, they rise above the others and almost always are better in the th [...]

    Most scathing long review ever. It's funny, although Natasha wasn't impressed that I kept reading bits aloud. They weren't jokes.As a review it's kind of frustrating though. Hard to attach Twain's writing to specific places in Cooper's, because he takes everything out of context. I've no doubt that the sailing is all wrong, and possibly every other word, but it's hard to figure out the problems based only on Twain's review.

    Miles Smith
    A masterpiece of criticism and satireTwain’s savage but hilarious criticism of James Fenimore Cooper’s aesthetic and style remains among the seminal pieces literary satire. Cooper’s tendencies towards the fantastic and his wildly inconsistent descriptions are just a couple of literary habits that come under the withering pen of Twain.

    I read Deerslayer for an essay I wrote in college, and found it to be insufferable. This is an absolute religious experience for me every time I read it.

    (_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪
    I read this while reading The Last of the Mohicans because I was becoming frustrated by his tiring writing style and I wondered if I was alone in my feeling. You can imagine my surprise when I found that, much to my astonishment, one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain, had critiqued James Fenimore Cooper's work and concluded much the same as I had intuited. I simply can't express the vindicating, exhilarating justice I felt upon reading this work by the well respected writer. Of course, Twain wa [...]

    Don Incognito
    I had this on my list even before I started reading Cooper's The Deerslayer; but when I read the essay, it left me quite disappointed. The tone is even more snide and arrogant than I expected from Mark Twain; and its objections to the book focus on such weighty issues as how far characters can reasonably jump or fall and whether Cooper's writing style is good or bad. I think much of it is simply prejudice by a prominent member of the literary movement then in vogue against a deceased member of a [...]

    Update, 8-7-16:Upgrading from 4 to 5 stars since my mind comes back to it so often. You can read it for yourself here since it's in the public domain.Original review, 5-1-13:I've hemmed and hawed over reading The Last of the Mohicans several times, and whenever I get down to just a little bit of hemming and no hawing, and am in danger of actually picking it up to give it a go, I think of this essay by Twain, and add the haw back to my hem. That doesn't mean I'll never pick it up, but it might be [...]

    Ken Doggett
    As far as I know I've never read anything by Fenimore Cooper. If I did, it was in school when I was a kid, and I probably hated it, as I hated anything that wasn't written in "real" English, including Shakespeare. I did have to read Shakespeare, but I haven't read any since, and I might actually be reading and enjoying Shakespeare If I hadn't been forced to read Shakespeare in school.But I digress. If Mark Twain's review of Fenimore Cooper is accurate, I'm not likely to be reading any Fenimore C [...]

    Vilius Karsokas
    Very entertaining, reminds me of YourMovieSucks movie reviews. Knowledgeable and critical review of Fenimore Cooper's literary works.

    Dante Love Fisher
    Completely eviscerates Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Twain is a complete smartass. Hysterical.

    Honestly fucking hilarious, satire at its finest.

    David Eves
    Curmudgeonly and brutal.

    Keith Hendricks
    Funniest literary criticism I have ever read.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Deerslayer as well and fully intend to eventually finish the Leatherstocking Tales, whatever Mr. Only I Know How to Write Anything says.

    Hilarious in its precise and unabashed brutality.I think it's important to note, for first-time readers of this essay, that the printed edition is much more appreciable. I was disappointed in the formatting and errors / omissions in the Kindle edition, particularly because it is a critique of a literary work written by a literary master, and these hiccups make Twain's lambasting seem hypocritical if you're a new reader and don't realize that these are edition-specific anomalies.That being said, [...]

    I've read a number of Twain's stories, whatnotdunno what number this one is as I've lost track. Begins:The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer stand at the head of Cooper's novels as artistic creations. There are other of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these, and scenes even move thrilling. Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole.The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight.They are works of art. Prof. Lounsbury.So Twain begins w/t [...]

    Old Sam Clemens must have gotten out of the bed on the wrong side the day in 1895 when he wrote this historic rant. Apparently annoyed by the high regard in which prominent literary critics held J. Fennimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, he, writing as Mark Twain, accuses Cooper of violating no less than 114 of the 115 sacred canons of literary fiction. Although Twain has been known to spin a tall tale or two himself, he takes exception to Natty Bumppo's extraordinary ability to not only see b [...]

    I've heard much of Twain's ability to deconstruct and then obliterate others' works and I would say that this is the pinnacle of his high art.His critique is sublime in its scope and detail. While he laments the works of Poe and would, I'm sure, cherish the idea of drop-kicking Jane Austen, Twain unapologetically rips apart Cooper's works. He shreds them with precision and detail; with evidence and reason; with a purpose so intent on proving anyone's idea that Cooper's work can be considered art [...]

    Thom Swennes
    Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences by Mark Twain is an outlandishly critical review of the works of James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper, a contemporary of Twain, wrote stories that were quite popular when they were published. Mark Twain doesn’t hold back with his criticisms but delivers them with the humor he is so known and loved for. While I was reading his derogatory appraisal the thought occurred to me… “That is certainly the kettle calling the pot black”. He humorously criticizes the u [...]

    Daniel Lomax
    Approaching this famous critique, which I discovered because Christopher Hitchens parodied it in his review of Fred Kaplan's biography of Twain, I hadn't (and haven't) read anything by Cooper, and judging by the excerpts and examples of his literary offenses which Twain gives, I won't be doing so, either.

    Karen Rae
    Funniest essay I have ever read. Wasn't one of the assigned essays from a collection bought for some long-since-forgotten class, but well worth having lugged the volume from home to home all these years! I read this essay first some forty years ago, and I pull it out anytime I need to dissolve into laughter. Just finished reading Last of the Mohicans; how could Twain's scathing review have made me enjoy that book more? Dunno, but it did.

    For people who are familiar with James Fenimore Cooper's crimes against literature, this short but sweet ebook is a must-read. I struggled to get through the first 200 pages of The Last of the Mohicans (twice, with nearly a decade separating the attempts) before giving up. Mark Twain hits on exactly the reasons why I couldn't stomach it. At times, I was literally laughing out loud at Twain's descriptions of "Cooper Indians" and "the females." It's a free Kindle download -- just give it a try!

    Joy Henley
    I first read this in an old college textbook of my dad's.I was in tears from laughing so hard.Twain's sarcasm and wit shine most eloquently as he cheerfully rips apart Cooper's Deerslayer tales.His summary sentence gets me every time: "but what is left is art. I think we all must admit that."Freebie on , and well worth the read!

    For those fans of Mark Twain who adore his caddy tongue this essay is a requirement. Twain dismembers his fellow literary compatriot with a comical and witty tone delving into the many mistakes present in Fenimore’s writing. The essay also serves as a reminder to all those aspiring to achieve some level of literary greatness of the component necessary for a story to be fulfilling to a reader.

    Nostalgia Reader
    This. Was. Brilliant. I have not laughed this hard at something in literary form in years, so it was a very welcome, very truthful read. I'm sure if this had been a real life conversation between me and Mark Twain, sitting in our rocking chairs on the deck of his house, we would have been great friends. A must for anyone who disliked/hated any of the Leatherstocking Tales by Cooper.

    I can't remember when I read this, but it has stuck with me because it is one of the most brutal pieces of literary criticism I've ever read. Twain eviscerates Fenimore Cooper and manages to be funny while doing it. Twain never pulled any punches when it came to criticism (see his thoughts on Poe or Austen), but here, it is literary assassination.

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