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  • Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences (Version 2)
  • Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences (Version 2)
    Twain, Mark
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    This is Mark Twain's vicious and amusing review of Fenimore Cooper's literary art. It is still read
    widely in academic circles. Twain's essay, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses (often spelled "Offences") (1895), particularly criticized The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder. Twain wrote at the beginning of the essay: 'In one place in Deerslayer, and in the restricted space of two-thirds of a page, Cooper has scored 114 offenses against literary art out of a possible 115. It breaks the record.' Twain listed 19 rules 'governing literary art in domain of romantic fiction', 18 of which Cooper violates in The Deerslayer. (Introduction by Wikipedia and John Greenman)
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