Wayne Franklin

Wayne Franklin is a professor of English and director of American studies at the University of Connecticut. He received an NEH fellowship to support his research on James Fenimore Cooper.

Magazine Article
A Summer Scene

While vacationing in Queens, Cooper suffers a fever and writes the violent twelfth chapter of The Last of the Mohicans.

Magazine Article
In Defense of Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was a major literary innovator with fans such as Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad. Take that, Mark Twain.