Twain Slays Deerslayer’s Daddy

FROM Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses by Mark Twain

A work of art? It has no invention; it has no order, system, sequence, or result; it has no lifelikeness, no stir, no thrill, no seeming of reality; its characters are confusedly drawn, and by their acts and words they prove that they are not the sort of people the author claims that they are; its humor is pathetic; its pathos is funny; its conversations are—oh! indescribable; its love-scenes odious; its English a crime against the language. Counting these out, what is left is Art.

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