James Fenimore Cooper Society Website
Material added March 3, 2002
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Genealogy. Information about Cooper's ancestors and descendants.
Biographic Reference. For starters: (1) a good, brief, biography on the "Home as Found" website of Cooper Society member James Wallace (Boston University; 2) an 1789-1851 day-by-day chronology of Cooper's whereabouts and activities; 3) a catalogue, with texts, of the 500 documents on the Cooper Screens.
Memories of Cooper. Personal recollections by persons who knew Cooper, or who collected oral traditions about him, as well as recollections about his closest family members. Most important are a series of materials by Susan Fenimore Cooper, the author's oldest daughter and literary executor.
Memorial of James Fenimore Cooper, (1852). Record of Public Meetings held in New York City in 1851 and 1852 to memorialize the death of James Fenimore Cooper on September 14, 1851, and to plan the erection of a statue in his honor in New York City. The latter project was not completed, and the monies raised later helped erect the Leatherstocking Monument in Lakeland Cemetery, Cooperstown. The 106-page book includes important addresses by William Cullen Bryant, Daniel Webster, George Bancroft and others, a speech and extended biographic document by Cooper's physician, Dr. John W. Francis, and dozens of messages from literary, artistic, and political notables of the time. Also the only printed reference to Susan Fenimore Cooper's unlocated "ghost" novel, The Shield.
James Fenimore Cooper [1858-1938], Legends and Traditions of a Northern County (1921). Anecdotes and information about Otsego County (primarily the Cooperstown area), and information (including documents and letters) relating to the Cooper family. A frequently cited, if hard-to-find, source on both Cooperstown and Cooper.
Mary E. Phillips, James Fenimore Cooper, New York: John Lane Company, 1913. Early major biography of Cooper, heavily illustrated, and concentrating on his years in Europe. Mary Phillips was the first biographer to have access to some of Cooper's family papers. [off site]
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