The Wing-and-Wing; Or, Le Feu-Follet Or, Le Feu-follet

The Wing-and-Wing; Or, Le Feu-Follet
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James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) grew up at Otsego Hall, his father’s manorial estate near Lake Otsego in upstate New York. Educated at Yale, he spent five years at sea, as a foremast hand and then as a midshipman in the navy. At thirty he was suddenly plunged into a literary career when his wife challenged his claim that he could write a better book that the English novel he was reading to her. The result was Precaution (1820), a novel of manners. His second book, The Spy (1821), was an immediate success, and with The Pioneers (1823) he began his series of Leatherstocking Tales. By 1826 when The Last of the Mohicans appeared, his standing as a major novelist was clearly established. From 1826 to 1833 Cooper and his family lived and traveled in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Two of his most successful works, The Prairie and The Red Rover, were published in 1827. He returned to Otsego Hall in 1834, and after a series of relatively unsuccessful books of essays, travel sketches, and history, he returned to fiction – and to Leatherstocking – with The Pathfinder (1840) and The Deerslayer (1841). In his last decade he faced declining popularity brought on in part by his waspish attacks on critics and political opponents. Just before his death in 1851 an edition of his works led to a reappraisal of his fiction and somewhat restored his reputation as the first of American writers.


P R E F A C E . IT is diffienlt to say of lrhich there is most in the o r l d, a blind belief in religious dogmas, or a presumptlrous and ignorant cavilIing on revelation. The impression has gone abroad, that France was Rn example of the last, during the height of her great revolutionwy mania a charge that as scarcely true, as respects the nation, however just it might be in connection with her bolder and more unquiet spirits. Most of the excesses of France, during that momentons period, were to be attributed to the agency of a few, the bulk of the nstion having littIe to do with any pwt of them, beyond yielding their physicial and pecunialy aid to an audacious and m stifying political combination. One of the bancful rcsults, however, of these great errors of the times, was the letting loose of the audacious from all the venerable and healthful restraints of the church, to set them d o a t on the sea of speculation and conceit. There is something sp gratifying to human vanity in fancying o lrselves uperior t o most around us, that we believo few youlr . g . men attain their majority without imbibing more or less of the taint of unhelief, and passing through the mists of R vapid moral atrr ospllere, b efore they come to the clear, manly, and jet humble perceptions that teach most of us, in the end, our o n iusignificanec, the great benevolence as well as wisdom of the scheme of redemption, and the philosophy of the Christian religion, as well as its divinity. Perhaps the greatest stumbling-bloelr of the young is a disposition not to yield to their belief unless it eonforms to their own crude notions of propriety and reason. If the powers of man were equal to analyzing the nature of theDeity, to comprehending his being, and power, and motives, there would be some little show of sense in thus setting up the pretence of satis-. fying our judgments in all things, before me yield our credence to B religious system. But, Ole first step I-e take brings with it the instructive lesson of our incapacity, and teaches the wh01, losnme lesson of hu m i l i From arrogantly claiming a right to worship a deity me comprehend, we soon come to feel that the impenetrable veil that is cast aronnd the God-head is an indispensablc condition of our faith, reverence, and submission. A being that can be comprcheaded, is not a being to be worshipped. In this boolr, there is an attempt to set these conflicting tendencies in a full but amicable contrast to each other, We believe there is nothing in the design opposed to probability- and it seems to us, that the amiable tenderness of a, confiding but just-viewing female heart might, under the circumstances, be ex pected to manifest the mingled weakness and strength that it has here been our aim to portray. We ackno. rt. ledge a strong paternal feeling in behalf of this book, placing it very high in the estimate of it. s PREFACE. vii merits, as compared with otlicr books from the same pen a species of eomlrlendstion that need mound no man. Perhaps some knowledge of Italian character is necessary to enjoy the vice-govwnatme veechy-gov er-na-to-re, and the pdestd but we confess they hare giwn us, in reading over these pages for the first time sincc they Tvero written, quite as much anuzsement as if they were altogetlier from an unknown hand. As for the Nediterranean, that unrivalled sea, its pictures always afford us delight...



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