The Deerslayer is James Fenimore Cooper's masterpiece. A combination of romance, adventure, and morality, this classic novel of the frontier is an eloquent opening for Cooper's great wilderness tales, and an unforgettable introduction to the famous character who was said to embody the conscience of America: the noble woodsman Natty Bumppo, known as The Deerslayer.
The deadly crack of a rifle and the piercing cries of Indians on the warpath shatter the serenity of beautiful lake Glimmerglass. Danger has invaded the vast forests of upper New York State as Natty Bumpo (Deerslayer) and his loyal Mohican friend Chingachgook attempt the daring rescue of an Indian maiden imprisoned in a Huron camp.
Soon they are caught in the crossfire between a cunning enemy, and two white bounty hunters who mercilessly kill for profit.
In Natty Bumppo, we find the first—and classic—portrait of the American hero: selfless, dependable, wary, and moral.
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER (1789-1851) is considered by many to be America's first great novelist. His most popular work, The Deerslayer, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world, greatly influencing the way many cultures have viewed both the American Indians and the frontier period of U.S. history. Eventually, he published 32 novels, as well as travel books and histories. Cooper invented the genre of nautical fiction, and in the figure of Nathaniel or "Natty" Bumppo, he gave American fiction its first great hero.
James Fenimore Cooper was the first great American novelist.”
—A. B. Guthrie