The Deerslayer Author:James Fenimore Cooper The first in plot sequence of James Fenimore Cooper's five "Leatherstocking Tales" THE DEERSLAYER was the last to be written, not appearing until 1841, nearly twenty years after the series was begun. — This early American classic vividly introduces a youthful Natty Bumppo, better known to all the world as Leatherstocking, Deerslayer and The Pathf... more »inder. It relates his first struggles with the deadly Iroquois, his friendship with Chief Chingachgook of the Mohicans and his romantic affair with lovely Judith Hutter.
THE DEERSLAYER is rich and absorbing entertainment. But it achieves lasting significance on another level -- as a wistful evocation of the spirit of a primitively beautiful America that was as yet unfettered and unspoiled by the "wonders" of civilization.« less