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* * * *Few people read Cooper today. He is forgotten, irrelevant; a literary ghost who has vanished from our cultural memory. There is little left of his physical world in Cooperstown or a sense of place associated with him. This is unfortunate because his writings were remarkably ahead of their time and are relevant now. He was the first American novelist to voice an environmental viewpoint. He tried to warn his countrymen that the land's resources are not inexhaustible, that natural beauty, wilderness, wild creatures and plants should be preserved, and that failure to heed nature's warnings might spell their own destruction. * For more information on James Fenimore Cooper and the legacy he left in Cooperstown and beyond, read our interview with the author, Victor Walsh, and join us as we take a look "Behind the Article."
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