The Last of the Mohicans Author:James Fenimore Cooper The Last of the Mohicans (1826) is the most famous of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, possibly the most famous Indian story of all time. Cooper was fascinated by the beliefs and lore of the Indian tribes that had ruled the forests during his father's lifetime, and by their contrast with the civilization of the white settlers. His ... more »hero, Natty Bumppo moves on the fringe of the forest, blending the virtues of both worlds. In this book Natty and the two noble Mohicans, Chingachgook and Uncas, protect a party of travelers from Indian ambush and border fights of the French and Indian WAr. The adventure rises to almost epic heights when, at the book's close, the Indian chief Tamenund laments, "The pale-faces are masters of the earth, and the time of the red-men has not yet come again."
In an 1845 review Cooper's fellow novelist, W.G. Simms, wrote: "In his pursuits, flights, captures-in his encounters,-cunning opposed to cunning,-man to man-the trapper and the hunter against the red man whose life he envies and emulates, -Mr. Cooper has no superior as he has had no master."« less