The Pathfinder

James Fenimore Cooper - Author

John Stauffer - Introduction by

Thomas Berger - Afterword by

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ISBN 9781101119204 | 528 pages | 05 Jul 2006 | Signet Classic | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Vigorous, self-reliant, amazingly resourceful, and moral, Natty Bumppo is the prototype of the Western hero. A faultless arbiter of wilderness justice, he hates middle-class hypocrisy. But he finds his love divided between the woman he has pledged to protect on a treacherous journey and the untouched forest that sustains him in his beliefs. A fast-paced narrative full of adventure and majestic descriptions of early frontier life, Indian raiders, and defenseless outposts, The Pathfinder set the standard for epic action literature.

“Cooper emphatically belongs to the nation. He has left a space in our literature which will not easily be supplied.”—Washington Irving

“His memory will exist in the hearts of the people...[and his works] should find a place in every American’s library.”—Daniel Webster