Pilot: A Tale of the Sea (Writings of James Fenimore Cooper) by James Fenimore Cooper

By James Fenimore Cooper

Having drawn on neighborhood wisdom and personal info for The Spy and on his personal boyhood reviews for The Pioneers, it was once inevitable that Cooper might search how to convert one more zone of his exact wisdom into artwork. His first number of occupation were the U.S. army, within which he served as a midshipman from 1808 to 1810.

In 1823, Cooper started writing The Pilot, which he observed as a sea novel that seamen could delight in for its constancy and but one who landsmen may possibly understand.

"Cooper's poetic strength is reserved for the ocean, that is no backdrop yet a separate global with forces and legislation of its personal. The individuation of the ships, fairly the personification of the Ariel, contributes to the magic, however the pleasure of the e-book comes from the triumph of human ability and intelligence over the uncertainties and downright hostilities of a global of waves, winds, and hidden reefs. The land bargains neither a similar problem nor so heady a victory." -- from the advent.

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Cooper also had a chance to discuss The Pilot with Shubrick and later, writing about the Wiley second edition, added " . . " Page xxix Wiley died in January 1826 and Cooper, preparing to leave for Europe, sold Carey & Lea the right to reprint The Pilot to the end of its copyright period. 48 In 1827, Carey and Lea published a stereotyped edition (the third) from the Wiley second edition without authorial correction or supervision. The Carey plates, with an occasional correction of spelling and frequent repairs, were still in use as late as 1870.

F. COOPER, JR. WILLIAM EASTMAN MARCUS MC CORISON Page v The Pilot; A Tale of the Sea James Fenimore Cooper Edited with an Historical Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Kay Seymour House "List! " G. A. Stevens, "The Storm," 1. 2. State University of New York Press Albany Page vi The preparation of this volume was made possible (in part) by a grant from the Program for Editions of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent Federal agency. The Center emblem means that one of a panel of textual experts serving the Center has reviewed the text and textual apparatus of the printer's copy by thorough and scrupulous sampling, and has approved them for sound and consistent editorial principles employed and maximum accuracy attained.

Even in those rare moments when the characters are found on board a ship, the cabin might just as well be on shore. Ships have no identities, Page xxvii navigation no problems, and winds and waves are but part of the machinery that moves the plot. In The Pilot, Cooper reversed the emphasis and it is the scenes set on land that would be suitable for the stage; many of them, with their sudden reversals of fortune, verge on melodrama. Cooper's poetic power is reserved for the sea, which is no backdrop but a separate world with forces and laws of its own.

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