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The Female Prose Writers of America: With Portraits, Biographical Notices, and Specimens of their Writings/Susan Fenimore Cooper


Miss Cooper is a native and resident of Cooperstown, New York, and a daughter of the great American novelist. Her only publication, “Rural Hours,” a splendid octavo issued by Putnam in 1850, gave her at once a high rank among our female authors. It is in the form of a journal, running through one entire year, and giving an account of the most notable sights and sounds of country life. Miss Cooper has an observant eye, and a happy faculty of making her descriptions interesting by selecting the right objects, instead of the too common method of extravagant embellishment. She never gets into ecstasies, and sees nothing which anybody else might not see who walked through the same fields after her. Her work accordingly contains an admirable portraiture of American out-door life, just as it is, with no colouring but that which every object necessarily receives in passing through a contemplative and cultivated mind.