James Fennimore Cooper and Washington Irving

James Fenimore Cooper was an early popular American author. Cooper and wrote about specific American themes. James Fenimore Cooper, wrote The Pioneers in 1823 and The Last of the Mohicans in 1826. Last of the Mohicans takes place in the 1750's in the wild forest of Western New York. The frontiersman Hawkeye and his two Indian friends become involved in a struggle to guide two English gentlemen to see their father. The story takes place during the War of 1812. In this story, Cooper is credited with creating the first western hero.

Washington Irving was another early popular American author. His most famous stories are “Rip Van Winkle,” the story of a man who sleep for twenty years and wakes up to a very different life, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the story of the Headless Horseman.