Feni Cooper's Literary Offences eBook ½ Feni Cooper's

Feni Cooper's Literary Offences eBook ½ Feni Cooper's

Feni Cooper's Literary Offences [Download] ➵ Feni Cooper's Literary Offences Author Mark Twain – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Feni Cooper author of The Deerslayer The Last of the Mohicans etc has often been praised but just as often been criticized for his writing Mark Twain wrote a funny vicious little essay on the subject Feni Cooper author of The Deerslayer The Last of the Mohicans etc has often been praised but just as often been criticized for his writing Mark Twain wrote a funny vicious little essay on the subject in which he states In one place in 'Deerslayer' and in the restricted space of two thirds of a page Cooper has scored offences against literary art out of a possible .


10 thoughts on “Feni Cooper's Literary Offences

  1. Meg Dunham Meg Dunham says:

    A few years back when my sister and I were giving a little concert with a friend of ours one of the pieces in our program was a beautiful Irish love song called The Rose of Tralee Before we started playing our friend read one of the verses aloud and commented that it was sickeningly sentimental A lady in the audience who had been listening to the words with evident pleasure chuckled at this and said to him You are NOT a romantic This is precisely my reaction to Mark Twain Now I admit that Cooper has some faults but I can't believe they are so many or so grievous as Mr Twain would have us believe As examples he uses two of the Leatherstocking Tales The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder both of which I've read I've read The Pathfinder twice actually Oddly enough I never even noticed the inconsistencies and absurdities he points outIt is a restful chapter in any book of his when somebody doesn't step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around Every time a Cooper person is in peril and absolute silence is worth four dollars a minute he is sure to step on a dry twig There may be a hundred other handier things to step on but that wouldn't satisfy Cooper Cooper reuires him to turn out and find a dry twig; and if he can't do it go and borrow one In fact the Leatherstocking Series ought to have been called the Broken Twig SeriesEven the eternal laws of Nature have to vacate when Cooper wants to put up a delicate job of woodcraft on the reader They may be thereit's been at least 3 years since I read either of these so I don't remember enough details to say one way or another But I am inclined to think that perhaps Cooper knew a few things about frontier skills than Mark Twain If they really are absurd I enjoyed them thoroughly nevertheless and Natty Bummpo may well be my favorite fictional character I will admit he has something on Cooper's conversations I recently read The Red Rover and sometimes I couldn't help thinking the conversation especially that of the ladies was a little exaggeratedThe conversations in the Cooper books have a curious sound in our modern ears To believe that such talk really ever came out of people's mouths would be to believe that there was a time when time was of no value to a person who thought he had something to say; when it was the custom to spread a two minute remark out to ten; when a man's mouth was a rolling mill and busied itself all day long in turning four foot pigs of thought into thirty foot bars of conversational railroad iron by attenuation; when subjects were seldom faithfully stuck to but the talk wandered all around and arrived nowhere; when conversations consisted mainly of irrelevancies with here and there a relevancy a relevancy with an embarrassed look as not being able to explain how it got thereI've heard many complaints that Cooper's characters are idealized I admit that as well although I might not even have noticed this if people of his own time did not say the same thing One need only look at a daguerreotype or watch an old film footage from 120 years ago or listen to a voice recording from the same period to see that the people of those times had a certain dignity which is completely lost in our modern times But so what if Cooper's heroes are somewhat larger than life? I don't think it ever did any boy harm to model himself after such a hero I have no idea how to rate this so I won't For pure entertainment it deserves 5 starsI pulled an already sore muscle from laughing so hard😂 But Cooper will always be one of my favorite authors no matter what Mark Twain says


  2. Hákon Gunnarsson Hákon Gunnarsson says:

    I suppose most critics probably come across books that really irratate them Sometimes so much that there is nothing to do except write a scathing review about it As a reader of some of those scathing reviews I can say that review of this kind sometimes end up being nothing than boring rants If you want to write scathing review I think this is the way to do itTwain take on Feni Cooper's work is detailed it points to many examples of what is wrong and how it should have been done It is never boring and even though I've never actually read any of Cooper's novels it hold the interest all the way through In fact it stand on its own as a literary work and that doesn't happen often with reviews And the reason why it works so well is that it's done with humor So much so that I laughed out loud several times But Twain may just have ruined Fani Cooper for me I don't think I could ever read his work without thinking of the flaws that Twain points out in this essay


  3. Melanti Melanti says:

    Otherwise known as the essay where a realistic writer criticizes a romantic writer for writing in the romantic style I had to read this in school and I remember it made me laugh I just finished reading Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and decided to re read it There's nothing better than listening to someone rip into a book I didn't care for and it's even satisfying when they criticizes many of the scenes that made me roll my eyes I'd remembered the most famous line There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead nowBut there's several other great one linersEven the eternal laws of Nature have to vacate when Cooper wants to put up a delicate job of woodcraft on the readerBless your heart Cooper hadn't any invention than a horse; and I don't mean a high class horse either; I mean a clothes horse


  4. Davyne DeSye Davyne DeSye says:

    Oh my gosh this was fabulous and horrifying Basically it is a twenty seven page review of Feni Cooper's writingThis had me laughing out loud at several points because I could absolutely see what Mark Twain was complaining about but still I mean it’s Feni Cooper right? He’s um kinda famousJust to give a couple of examples of my laugh out loud moments Twain opens by uoting other people's positive comments about Cooper’s writing and then follows with “It seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature in Yale the Professor of English Literature in Columbia and Wilkie Collins to deliver opinions on Cooper’s literature without having read some of it It would have been much decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read Cooper”In another Twain is describing the various rules of writing and how Cooper violated them Here’s one “They reuire that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones But the reader of the Deerslayer tale dislikes the good people in it is indifferent to the others and wishes they would all get drowned together”Thankfully I suppose Cooper was dead by the time this was published Wow Really fun read


  5. Susana Susana says:

    Now THIS was some serious burn LOLhttpswwwgutenbergorgfiles3172There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead now


  6. Jade Jade says:

    I laughed so hard I thought I would keel over and die Just look at that introduction Twain had me in stitches through the whole thing The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer stand at the head of Cooper's novels as artistic creations There are others of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these and scenes even thrilling Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight They were pure works of art Professor LounsburyThe five tales reveal an extraordinary fullness of invention One of the very greatest characters in fiction Natty Bumppo The craft of the woodsman the tricks of the trapper all the delicate art of the forest were familiar to Cooper from his youth up Professor MatthewsCooper is the greatest artist in the domain of romantic fiction in America Wilkie CollinsIt seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature at Yale the Professor of English Literature in Columbia and Wilkie Collins to deliver opinions on Cooper's literature without having read some of it It would have been much decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read CooperThere have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead now


  7. Sookie Sookie says:

    ooooh burnMark Twain's 'take down' piece is both mean and makes somewhat sense Cooper is at an ideological disadvantage here as he is a romantic and Mark Twain is incredibly not That in itself is a ground that's uneven so one can expect the scathing that's going to followTwain nitpicks on things that can almost be categorized into tropes in the given style of writing Cooper's characters are larger than life they speak plain they rise above the others and almost always are better in the things that non Cooper people are considered to be experts in It is a forgivable offense given how the romantic literature worksThough Twain isn't entirely wrong with this gripes a rationalist ripping on a romantic writer seems to be harsh and frankly biased Twain goes as far as picking out words that Cooper uses and is metaphorically beats Cooper with a thesaurus which is uite unnecessary The essay is not without humor and Twain doesn't hold back his scathing criticism This essay is for everyone who gets told don't read the book if you don't like the genre or style


  8. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    Most scathing long review ever It's funny although Natasha wasn't impressed that I kept reading bits aloud They weren't jokesAs a review it's kind of frustrating though Hard to attach Twain's writing to specific places in Cooper's because he takes everything out of context I've no doubt that the sailing is all wrong and possibly every other word but it's hard to figure out the problems based only on Twain's review


  9. Brianna Brianna says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this That said I thoroughly enjoyed Deerslayer as well and fully intend to eventually finish the Leatherstocking Tales whatever Mr Only I Know How to Write Anything says


  10. Miles Smith Miles Smith says:

    A masterpiece of criticism and satireTwain’s savage but hilarious criticism of James Feni Cooper’s aesthetic and style remains among the seminal pieces literary satire Cooper’s tendencies towards the fantastic and his wildly inconsistent descriptions are just a couple of literary habits that come under the withering pen of Twain


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10 thoughts on “Feni Cooper's Literary Offences

  1. Meg Dunham Meg Dunham says:

    A few years back when my sister and I were giving a little concert with a friend of ours one of the pieces in our program was a beautiful Irish love song called The Rose of Tralee Before we started playing our friend read one of the verses aloud and commented that it was sickeningly sentimental A lady in the audience who had been listening to the words with evident pleasure chuckled at this and said to him You are NOT a romantic This is precisely my reaction to Mark Twain Now I admit that Cooper has some faults but I can't believe they are so many or so grievous as Mr Twain would have us believe As examples he uses two of the Leatherstocking Tales The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder both of which I've read I've read The Pathfinder twice actually Oddly enough I never even noticed the inconsistencies and absurdities he points outIt is a restful chapter in any book of his when somebody doesn't step on a dry twig and alarm all the reds and whites for two hundred yards around Every time a Cooper person is in peril and absolute silence is worth four dollars a minute he is sure to step on a dry twig There may be a hundred other handier things to step on but that wouldn't satisfy Cooper Cooper reuires him to turn out and find a dry twig; and if he can't do it go and borrow one In fact the Leatherstocking Series ought to have been called the Broken Twig SeriesEven the eternal laws of Nature have to vacate when Cooper wants to put up a delicate job of woodcraft on the reader They may be thereit's been at least 3 years since I read either of these so I don't remember enough details to say one way or another But I am inclined to think that perhaps Cooper knew a few things about frontier skills than Mark Twain If they really are absurd I enjoyed them thoroughly nevertheless and Natty Bummpo may well be my favorite fictional character I will admit he has something on Cooper's conversations I recently read The Red Rover and sometimes I couldn't help thinking the conversation especially that of the ladies was a little exaggeratedThe conversations in the Cooper books have a curious sound in our modern ears To believe that such talk really ever came out of people's mouths would be to believe that there was a time when time was of no value to a person who thought he had something to say; when it was the custom to spread a two minute remark out to ten; when a man's mouth was a rolling mill and busied itself all day long in turning four foot pigs of thought into thirty foot bars of conversational railroad iron by attenuation; when subjects were seldom faithfully stuck to but the talk wandered all around and arrived nowhere; when conversations consisted mainly of irrelevancies with here and there a relevancy a relevancy with an embarrassed look as not being able to explain how it got thereI've heard many complaints that Cooper's characters are idealized I admit that as well although I might not even have noticed this if people of his own time did not say the same thing One need only look at a daguerreotype or watch an old film footage from 120 years ago or listen to a voice recording from the same period to see that the people of those times had a certain dignity which is completely lost in our modern times But so what if Cooper's heroes are somewhat larger than life? I don't think it ever did any boy harm to model himself after such a hero I have no idea how to rate this so I won't For pure entertainment it deserves 5 starsI pulled an already sore muscle from laughing so hard😂 But Cooper will always be one of my favorite authors no matter what Mark Twain says

  2. Hákon Gunnarsson Hákon Gunnarsson says:

    I suppose most critics probably come across books that really irratate them Sometimes so much that there is nothing to do except write a scathing review about it As a reader of some of those scathing reviews I can say that review of this kind sometimes end up being nothing than boring rants If you want to write scathing review I think this is the way to do itTwain take on Feni Cooper's work is detailed it points to many examples of what is wrong and how it should have been done It is never boring and even though I've never actually read any of Cooper's novels it hold the interest all the way through In fact it stand on its own as a literary work and that doesn't happen often with reviews And the reason why it works so well is that it's done with humor So much so that I laughed out loud several times But Twain may just have ruined Fani Cooper for me I don't think I could ever read his work without thinking of the flaws that Twain points out in this essay

  3. Melanti Melanti says:

    Otherwise known as the essay where a realistic writer criticizes a romantic writer for writing in the romantic style I had to read this in school and I remember it made me laugh I just finished reading Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and decided to re read it There's nothing better than listening to someone rip into a book I didn't care for and it's even satisfying when they criticizes many of the scenes that made me roll my eyes I'd remembered the most famous line There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead nowBut there's several other great one linersEven the eternal laws of Nature have to vacate when Cooper wants to put up a delicate job of woodcraft on the readerBless your heart Cooper hadn't any invention than a horse; and I don't mean a high class horse either; I mean a clothes horse

  4. Davyne DeSye Davyne DeSye says:

    Oh my gosh this was fabulous and horrifying Basically it is a twenty seven page review of Feni Cooper's writingThis had me laughing out loud at several points because I could absolutely see what Mark Twain was complaining about but still I mean it’s Feni Cooper right? He’s um kinda famousJust to give a couple of examples of my laugh out loud moments Twain opens by uoting other people's positive comments about Cooper’s writing and then follows with “It seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature in Yale the Professor of English Literature in Columbia and Wilkie Collins to deliver opinions on Cooper’s literature without having read some of it It would have been much decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read Cooper”In another Twain is describing the various rules of writing and how Cooper violated them Here’s one “They reuire that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones But the reader of the Deerslayer tale dislikes the good people in it is indifferent to the others and wishes they would all get drowned together”Thankfully I suppose Cooper was dead by the time this was published Wow Really fun read

  5. Susana Susana says:

    Now THIS was some serious burn LOLhttpswwwgutenbergorgfiles3172There have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead now

  6. Jade Jade says:

    I laughed so hard I thought I would keel over and die Just look at that introduction Twain had me in stitches through the whole thing The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer stand at the head of Cooper's novels as artistic creations There are others of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these and scenes even thrilling Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight They were pure works of art Professor LounsburyThe five tales reveal an extraordinary fullness of invention One of the very greatest characters in fiction Natty Bumppo The craft of the woodsman the tricks of the trapper all the delicate art of the forest were familiar to Cooper from his youth up Professor MatthewsCooper is the greatest artist in the domain of romantic fiction in America Wilkie CollinsIt seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature at Yale the Professor of English Literature in Columbia and Wilkie Collins to deliver opinions on Cooper's literature without having read some of it It would have been much decorous to keep silent and let persons talk who have read CooperThere have been daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English but they are all dead now

  7. Sookie Sookie says:

    ooooh burnMark Twain's 'take down' piece is both mean and makes somewhat sense Cooper is at an ideological disadvantage here as he is a romantic and Mark Twain is incredibly not That in itself is a ground that's uneven so one can expect the scathing that's going to followTwain nitpicks on things that can almost be categorized into tropes in the given style of writing Cooper's characters are larger than life they speak plain they rise above the others and almost always are better in the things that non Cooper people are considered to be experts in It is a forgivable offense given how the romantic literature worksThough Twain isn't entirely wrong with this gripes a rationalist ripping on a romantic writer seems to be harsh and frankly biased Twain goes as far as picking out words that Cooper uses and is metaphorically beats Cooper with a thesaurus which is uite unnecessary The essay is not without humor and Twain doesn't hold back his scathing criticism This essay is for everyone who gets told don't read the book if you don't like the genre or style

  8. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    Most scathing long review ever It's funny although Natasha wasn't impressed that I kept reading bits aloud They weren't jokesAs a review it's kind of frustrating though Hard to attach Twain's writing to specific places in Cooper's because he takes everything out of context I've no doubt that the sailing is all wrong and possibly every other word but it's hard to figure out the problems based only on Twain's review

  9. Brianna Brianna says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this That said I thoroughly enjoyed Deerslayer as well and fully intend to eventually finish the Leatherstocking Tales whatever Mr Only I Know How to Write Anything says

  10. Miles Smith Miles Smith says:

    A masterpiece of criticism and satireTwain’s savage but hilarious criticism of James Feni Cooper’s aesthetic and style remains among the seminal pieces literary satire Cooper’s tendencies towards the fantastic and his wildly inconsistent descriptions are just a couple of literary habits that come under the withering pen of Twain

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