The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground (Masterpieces of American Literature)

By: Cooper, James Fenimore; Winterich, John T.

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Minor loss of gilt from top edge of front board, a couple minor scuffs along edges. 1963 Full-Leather. We have more books available by this author!. xv, [3], 406 pp. 8vo. Black full leather, gilt titles & decorations, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. Illustrated by Henry C. Pitz, introduction by John T. Winterich. The action takes place during the American Revolution. The share of historical fact in the story is not large, but the action takes place so near to great events that the characters are all invested with something of the dusky light of heroes, while George Washington moves among them like an unsuspected god. The book is full of swelling rhetoric and the ardent national piety of Cooper's generation. The plot ranges back and forth over the neutral ground between the Continental and British armies with great haste and sweep. To rapid movement Cooper adds the merit of a very real setting. He knew Westchester County, New York, where he was then living, and its sparse legends as Walter Scott knew the Anglo-Scottish border. Thus, the topography of The Spy is drawn with a firm hand. The author has often been asked if there were any foundation in real life for the delineation of the principal character in this book. He can give no clearer answer to the question than by laying before his readers a simple statement of the facts connected with its original publication. I believe I could write a better story myself! With these words, since become famous, James Fenimore Cooper laid aside the English novel which he was reading aloud to his wife. A few days later he submitted several pages of manuscript for her approval, and then settled down to the task of making good his boast. In November, 1820, he gave the public a novel in two volumes, entitled Precaution. But it was published anonymously, and dealt with English society in so much the same way as the average British novel of the time that its author was thought by many to be an Englishman. It had no originality and no real merit of any kind. Yet it was the means of inciting Cooper to another attempt. And this second novel made him famous.

Title: The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground (Masterpieces of American Literature)

Author: Cooper, James Fenimore; Winterich, John T.

Illustrator: Pitz, Henry C.

Categories: American, Historical, Leather-Bound, Easton Press,

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1963

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2278044