Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences - Mark Twain
Buy and Download >
As far as I know I've never read anything by Fenimore Cooper. If I did, it was in school when I was a kid, and I probably hated it, as I hated anything that wasn't written in "real" English, including Shakespeare. I did have to read Shakespeare, but I haven't read any since, and I might actually be reading and enjoying Shakespeare If I hadn't been forced to read Shakespeare in school.
But I digress. If Mark Twain's review of Fenimore Cooper is accurate, I'm not likely to be reading any Fenimore Cooper, either. Just the excerpts alone, given in Twain's critique, would put me off it. It's possible that the excerpts were taken out of context, and that I might actually enjoy the writings of Fenimore Cooper if I were to read them, but why do that when I could spend the time enjoying Mark Twain's writing instead. Even this short review of Fenimore Cooper's writing was one of the best things I've read lately.
I'll admit that because of my fondness of Twain's writing, my own review might be biased. But the literary acuity of Twain's writing, so evident in this review, cannot be overlooked. I enjoyed the humor, the sarcasm, and the acidity of its tone, and to make it even better, I found it free on Amazon.com. I think Twain nailed it perfectly.