Paul Fenimore Cooper
Paul Fenimore Cooper
|Born||September 15, 1899|
Albany, New York
|Died||January 20, 1970 (aged 70)|
Cooperstown, New York
|Genre||Children's literature, folklore, non-fiction|
|Notable works||Tal: His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom|
Paul Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1899 – January 20, 1970) was an American writer of children's books and non-fiction, some based on his travels. His first book was a translation of Albanian folk tales.
Paul Fenimore Cooper was born in Albany, New York, in 1899, the son of James Fenimore Cooper (1858–1938) and Susan Linn (Sage) Cooper (1866–1933). Her brother Henry M. Sage (1868–1933) became a state senator. Paul was a great-grandson of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) and a great-great-grandson of William Cooper (1754–1809), the founder of Cooperstown, New York. He was also distantly related to Nebraska State Representative Paul F. Clark.
He married Marion Erskine. Their son Paul Fenimore (P. F. Cooper, Jr.) became a physicist and Arctic explorer; he was elected a Fellow of the Arctic Society in 1954.
Some of Cooper's published books were Tricks of Women and Other Albanian Tales (1928), a translation of folk tales; Tal: His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom (1929), a children's book about an orphan and the fantastical adventures he encounters on a quest to the land of Troom; Island of the Lost (1961), a non-fiction account of the Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin, told within a "biography" of King William Island and the resident Eskimo; and Dindle (1964), a children's book about a dwarf who saves a kingdom from a dragon. Tal has had enduring popularity; it was reprinted in new editions in 1957 and 2001.
- Yale Banner and Pot Pourri. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1926. p. 238.
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- Paul Fenimore Cooper at Purple House Press
- Obituary (1970) reprinted at JSTOR
- The Cooper Genealogy (1983) at The James Fenimore Cooper Society (oneonta.edu/cooper)
- "Re: Henry Manning Sage of Albany" at GenForum (genealogy.com)