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This web exhibition was created and curated by Ashley Cataldo, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society. The exhibition would not have been possible without the help of Molly O'Hagan Hardy and Ken Albers. Contributions by those who worked on the Cooper Edition made this into a much better exhibition than it otherwise would have been, so thanks go to Hugh Egan, James Elliott, Wayne Franklin, Keat Murray, Anna Scannavini, Lance Schachterle, Matthew Sivils, and Jeffrey Walker. Thanks also go Nikki Grdinich for photographing the items used in this exhibition.

The following resources were consulted during the preparation of this exhibition.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Afloat and Ashore, Edited by Thomas Philbrick and Marianne Philbrick. New York: AMS Press, 2004.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Autobiography of a Pocket Handkerchief, Edited by Matthew Wynn Sivils and James P. Elliott. New York: AMS Press, 2012. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Bravo. A Venetian Story, Edited by Lance Schachterle and James A. Sappenfield. New York: AMS Press, 2011.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer, Historical introduction and explanatory notes by James Franklin Beard, text established by Lance Schachterle, Kent Ljungquist, and James Kilby. Albany: SUNY Press, 1987.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Gleanings in Europe: EnglandHistorical introduction and explanatory notes by Donald A. Ringe and Kenneth W. Staggs, text established by James P. Elliott, Kenneth W. Staggs and R.D. Madison. Albany: SUNY Press, 1981.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Gleanings in Europe: FranceHistorical introduction and explanatory notes by Thomas Philbrick, text established by Thomas Philbrick and Constance Ayers Denne. Albany: SUNY Press, 1983.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Gleanings in Europe: Italy, Historical introduction and explanatory notes by John Conron and Constance Ayers Denne, text established by Constance Ayers Denne. Albany: SUNY Press, 1981. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. Gleanings in Europe: SwitzerlandHistorical introduction and explanatory notes by Robert E. Spiller and James F. Beard, text established by Kenneth W. Staggs and James P Elliott. Albany: SUNY Press, 1980. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. Gleanings in Europe: The RhineHistorical introduction by Ernest Redekop and Maurice Geracht, text established with explanatory notes by Thomas Philbrick and Maurice Geracht. Albany: SUNY Press, 1986. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the MohicansHistorical introduction by James Franklin Beard, text established, with explanatory notes, by James A. Sappenfield and E.N. Feltskog. Albany: SUNY Press, 1983. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. Lionel LincolnEdited by Donald A. and Lucy B. Ringe. Albany: SUNY Press, 1985. 

Cooper, James  Fenimore. Ned Myers: or, A Life before the Mast, Historical introduction by William S. Dudley and Hugh Egan, text edited by Karen Lentz Madison and R.D. Madison. New York: AMS Press, 2009.

Cooper, James Fenimore. Notions of the AmericansText established with historical introduction and textual notes by Gary Williams. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. The PathfinderEdited by Richard Dilworth Rust. Albany: SUNY Press, 1980. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. The PilotEdited by Kay Seymour House. Albany: SUNY Press, 1986.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The PioneersHistorical introduction and explanatory notes by James Franklin Beard, text established by Lance Schachterle and Kenneth M. Andersen, Jr. Albany: SUNY Press, 1980.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie, Edited by James P. Elliott.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1985.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Red RoverEdited by Thomas and Marianne Philbrick. Albany: SUNY Press, 1991. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. SatanstoeHistorical introduction by Kay Seymour House, text established, with explanatory notes by Kay Seymour House and Constance Ayers Denne. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, Historical introduction by James P. Elliott, explanatory notes by James H. Pickering, text established by James P. Elliott, Lance Schachterle, and Jeffrey Walker. New York: AMS Press, 2001.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Two Admirals, Historical introduction by Donald A. Ringe, text established by James A. Sappenfield and E.N. Feltskog. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Water-Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas, Edited by Thomas Philbrick and Marianne Philbrick. New York: AMS Press, 2010. 

Cooper, James Fenimore. Wyandotté, Edited by Thomas and Marianne Philbrick. Albany: SUNY Press, 1981.

Beard, James Franklin. The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1960-1968.

Franklin, Wayne. James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Franklin, Wayne. New World of James Fenimore Cooper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Grossman, James. James Fenimore Cooper. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1967.

House, Kay Seymour. "The James Fenimore Cooper Collections at the American Antiquarian Society." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 102.2 (1993): 317-327.

Leather-stocking Redux, or Old Tales New Essays, Edited by Jeffrey Walker. New York: AMS Press, 2011.

Ringe, Donald A. James Fenimore Cooper. Boston: Twayne, 1988.

Schachterle, Lance. "A Long False Start: The Rejected Chapters of Cooper's The Bravo (1831)." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 115.1 (2006): 81-126.

Sivils, Matthew Wynn. American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847. Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.

Spiller, Robert E. and Philip C. Blackburn. A Descriptive Bibliography of the Writings of James Fenimore Cooper. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1934.

Taylor, Alan. William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic. New York: Knopf, 1996.