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“Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses” by Mark Twain

Published in 1895, “Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses was written as a satire and criticism of the writings of fellow American author, James Fenimore Cooper. The essay claims Cooper is guilty of verbose writing, poor plotting, glaring inconsistencies, overused clichés, cardboard characterizations, and a host of similar "offenses."

Tom Bacon reads these classic Mark Twain tales for The Bookshelf.

Chris Maccini previously worked at SPR as Morning Edition host and producing arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.