Wyandotté (novel)

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Wyandotté is a historical novel published by James Fenimore Cooper in 1843.[1] The novel is set in New York state during the American Revolution.[1] The main character of the novel is an Indian, "Saucy Nick", also called Wyandotté ("Great Chief"), whose depictions violate stereotypes of Native Americans.[2]

Critic James H. Pickering described the novel as rejecting the more established histories of the New York/Canada border war during the Revolution.[1] In part the novel represents Cooper's own knowledge of the regional oral history and affiliation with soldiers who had experienced the war.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In his 1968 review of the novel, critic James H. Pickering called the novel one of "Cooper's more successful efforts".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pickering, James H. (April 1968). "New York in the Revolution: Cooper's Wyandotté". New York History. XLIX (2): 121–141 – via James Fenimore Cooper Society.
  2. ^ Abel, Darrel (2002-10-01). "James Fenimore Cooper". The Nascence of American Literature. iUniverse. pp. 350–395. ISBN 9780595250899.

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