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A comparison of The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper and Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown. CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH NOVELS.


6 responses to “Violence in the Early American Novel”

  1. mu Avatar
    mu

    i’ve read the Cooper but not Wieland altho i have it… i couldn’t get the video gadget to work, not surprising as i’m totally incompetent at that sort of computer stuff lol…

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    1. Marian Avatar

      Ah bummer! Maybe this link will work better? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19bJpfamlBU

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  2. mudpuddle Avatar
    mudpuddle

    tx for the link! i couldn’t understand some of what you said because i’m moderately hearing impaired, but the pictures were glorious! Cooper is one of my favorite writers. i guess i judge writing by the personality i sense while reading and not by their use of language, which might be a fault, possibly… i’m not driven to read Brown by what you said, as believing as i do that most humans are nuts, i try to not get immersed in their imaginary problems, lol… more Cooper this year in my posts if the gods smile…

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    1. Marian Avatar

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the paintings! (Bierstadt, mostly. 😀 ) Also, I have started adding custom closed captions to the videos, so hopefully that will improve the video experience in the future…

      Your “personality” gauge makes sense to me. I feel that way with certain authors, even if I don’t completely care for their writing style at times (*cough* Chesterton).

      Do you have a favorite Cooper novel?

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      1. mu Avatar
        mu

        i (haha)usually like the last one i read the most! his marine stories are thrilling and inventive as he spent a long time on sailing ships as a youth… Jack Tier i liked a lot, but not exclusively…

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  3. Jade Avatar

    Excellent comparison of books from those two time periods and authors! I have not read either, but see the different storylines and ways of telling a story interesting to compare! I had found a very old hardcover copy of The Last of the Mohicans in a free library last yr, hadn’t yet read. And I am looking forward myself to reading more Gothic style novels & poetry along with Romantic era, which I’ve been more familiar 🙂

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