- May 2008
If Cooper had been an observer his inventive faculty would have worked better; not more interestingly, but more rationally, more plausibly. Cooper's proudest creations in the way of "situations" suffer noticeably from the absence of the observer's protecting gift. Cooper's eye was splendidly inaccurate. Cooper seldom saw anything correctly. He saw nearly all things as through a glass eye, darkly.
Mark Twain, Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
Text available at: http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/projects/rissetto/offense.html
Open for discussion Sunday, 15 August, 2010.