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A Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a frontier village in the early American Republic. With 16 pages of photographs, 7 maps, and 17 tables.
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In 1786 William Cooper, determined to become a self-made gentleman of substance in post-revolutionary America, founded Cooperstown, N.Y., through a dodgy land deal. His town rose to become county seat, and Cooper became a judge and then a congressman. He lost most of the prestige he earned later, when he overstretched himself, and his local patronage weakened when he backed the Federalists against the victorious Republicans. Nonetheless, his son, James Fenimore Cooper, the early 19th century's best-selling novelist, wrote essentially a justification of his father in his third novel, The Pioneers (1823). Taylor's book--a combination of biography, personal history, social history, literary exegesis and analysis of father-son dynamics--charts the interplay between the fact and the fiction of the days when upstate New York was the frontier. William Cooper's Town won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for history.From the Publisher:
"Marvelous....Taylor's intellectual grasp never fails."--The New Yorker
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Book Description Knopf, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0394580540
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, Borzoi Books, Random House, Inc., New York, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Illustrated with 16 pp. insert b-w photographs, 7 maps, 17 tables (illustrator). 1st Edition. PULITZER-PRICE WINNER: MARVELOUS: LUCID: FAST-PACED: SUPERB SCHOLARSHIP: COLLECTIBLE: SIGNED BY AUTHOR: NEW: First Edition (September 26, 1995), 2nd Printing (April 1996), NEW handsomely-illustrated unclipped mylar-protected jacket w/ sharp NEW edges & corners showing orig. $35.00 pub. price at top-right front flyleaf, NEW cover w/ dusk-rose silk-finish linen wrapping spine & extending 1.50" onto front & back panels covered in handsome slate-blue paper w/ sharp NEW edges & corners & titles handsomely gilt-stamped on spine, IMMACULATE text-block exterior w/ smooth-cut top & bottom edges & cut-page-style "deckle" side-edging, IMPECCABLE cream-white card-stock end-papers, NEW sewn binding w/ tight signatures & b-w-checked cloth bands at spine-caps, PRISTINE interior handsomely printed in Baskerville on SUPERB unblemished paper * 6.50" x 9.50" x 1.76", 1.28 kg, viii+549 (557) pp. * 16 pp. of photographs, 7 maps, 17 tables * In this story of a frontier village in the early American Republic, Alan Taylor explores the lives of Judge William Cooper & the novelist James Fenimore Cooper: father & son. As frontier speculator, landlord, & politician, the father played a leading role in the conquest, resettlement, & environmental transformation of the early nation. Drawing upon his childhood memories of the New York frontier, the son created the historical fictions that made him the most popular, influential, & controversial American novelist of the early 19th century. Taylor makes it clear that in a rapidly developing nation William Cooper's development of Cooperstown & his son's creation of Templeton in "The Pioneers" were different stages of a common effort, over 2 generations, to create, sustain, & justify a wealthy & powerful estate. Both sought that unity of social, economic, political, & cultural authority idealized in colonial America but at odds w/ the legacy of the American Revolution. "William Cooper's Town" combines biography, social history, & literary analysis. By breaching the barriers that separate political, social, & literary history, Taylor reveals the interplay of frontier settlement & narrative-making in the early American Republic. He examines how Americans resolved their revolution through the creation of new property, new power, & new stories along their extensive frontiers. * HIGH PRAISE: "It is a joy to watch Alan Taylor unravel both of William Cooper's lives: the one he lived & the one his son transformed into fiction. The prose is lucid, the action fast-paced, & the scholarship superb." -Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University . . . "A marvelous creation, a melding of biography, community development, & literary analysis. No other book tells the story of American frontier development after the Revolution nearly so well. While offering a powerful analytic social history, it always remains a story too, an engaging narrative that pulls you along page after page. On top of all this, it is at its core an account of how the American Revolution profoundly transformed American society. This is a book w/ a big theme." -Professor Richard L. Bushman, Columbia University * ALAN TAYLOR, professor of History at the University of California at Davis, is the author of "Liberty Men & Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820". Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 008449
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