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Race in The Last of the Mohicans & its Major Motion Picture Adaptions

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10.-The-Last-of-the-MohicansJames Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel The Last of the Mohicans has been adapted to film or television many times, most notably by director Michael Mann in 1992. Mr. Mann’s version of the story was based more on the 1936 film (written by Philip Dunne and directed by George Seitz) than on the original novel. The reason for this is murky, and the development of Dunne’s screenplay even murkier. However, plotting how the story has evolved from landmark American literature to major motion picture is extremely instructive and enlightening with regard to popular attitudes towards the white race. And it isn’t good.  Read more …

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D. H. Lawrence on Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Novels

Andrew Wyeth, The Last of the Mohicans, 1919

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Chapter 5 of Studies in Classic American Literature

In his Leatherstocking books, Fenimore is off on another track. He is no longer concerned with social white Americans that buzz with pins through them, buzz loudly against every mortal thing except the pin itself. The pin of the Great Ideal.

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D. H. Lawrence on Fenimore Cooper’s White Novels

James Fenimore Cooper, 1789–1851

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Chapter 4 of Studies in Classic American Literature

Benjamin Franklin had a specious little equation in providential mathematics:

Rum + Savage = 0. Awfully nice! You might add up the universe to nought, if you kept on.

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