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Fenimore Cooper's Literary Interests

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2. Mark Twain and many other writers during the American realism movement found the romantic style of writing objectionable. Twain felt as if “American literature should reflect American life and values and should not be based on a European model of writing”. Even though throughout his essay “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses” Twain was using humor to tease Coopers writing, he used this essay to detail what he hoped to accomplish with his writing. Twain and other realistic writers believed that the stories that were written should mimic everyday lives. Twain believed that “[e]vents [in the story] shall be believable; the personages of a tale shall confine themselves to possibilities and let miracles alone”. Twain was displeased that the majority
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