James Fenimore Cooper

Fragment of Cooper's manuscript, The Water-Witch


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Fragment of Cooper's manuscript, The Water-Witch


This fragment of Cooper's manuscript for The Water-Witch, a story of smuggling in pre-Revolutionary New York, is one of many--additional fragments are located at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Virginia, and several other libraries. Cooper was living in Florence, Italy, when he began to write the novel in 1829, but he and his family left for Naples as he began to write the fifth chapter, shown here. This was the third novel Cooper wrote in Europe, after The Red Rover and The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish. Cooper brought this manuscript with him to Dresden to have it published and then sent the manuscript to Carey & Lea in Philadelphia for them to print an American edition.



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James Fenimore Cooper Papers


“Fragment of Cooper's manuscript,The Water-Witch,” James Fenimore Cooper, accessed October 22, 2020, https://americanantiquarian.org/JFCooper/items/show/382.