The Neutral Ground: The Andre Affair and the Background of Cooper's The Spy (Hardback)
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The Neutral Ground: The Andre Affair and the Background of Cooper's The Spy (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 30/10/1994
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John Andre was captured in September 1780, outside British lines, and was hanged as a spy. Forty years later, he was still so highly regarded that, in 1821, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Heroes' Corner of Westminster Abbey. This book argues that James Fenimore Cooper's second novel, The Spy, is an examination of the nature and character of clandestinity in which the author investigates the morality of deceit and disguised intentions in normal life as well as in wartime by using the Andre affair as background. A century later, The Spy was undiscovered by British spy novelists. The publication date of The Spy (1821--the year of Andre's reinterment) further suggests that this affair is really the impetus for Cooper's examination of the nature of spying. Cooper is usually acknowledged as the originator of the Western; one of the assertions of this book is that he is also the first spy novelist.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313293191
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm


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..."is clearly and often engagingly written. It will make Cooper's work more accessible to those who are studying it, and The Neutral Ground belongs in academic libraries supporting studies in Cooper in particular and in the early nineteenth century novel in general."-Academic Library Book Review
?...is clearly and often engagingly written. It will make Cooper's work more accessible to those who are studying it, and The Neutral Ground belongs in academic libraries supporting studies in Cooper in particular and in the early nineteenth century novel in general.?-Academic Library Book Review
.,."is clearly and often engagingly written. It will make Cooper's work more accessible to those who are studying it, and The Neutral Ground belongs in academic libraries supporting studies in Cooper in particular and in the early nineteenth century novel in general."-Academic Library Book Review

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