Natty Bumppo is probably the quintessential American hero. He is a rugged individualist, master of the wilderness, protector of women and children, the first to “light out for the territory ahead of the rest,” despising civilization as he paradoxically helps move it further into the woods he loves so much. He’s also the hero of many of the novels written by James Fenimore Cooper.
As a little girl, I met Natty’s creator in a pack of Author cards, a form of Old Maid that was a popular game at my house. Included on those cards were Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and others. I didn’t read James Fenimore Cooper’s work until graduate school. It turned out that I liked Natty very much.
Here’s a MUCH better take on Natty Bumppo from a blog I follow (and like very much) and a blogger I think I might have a few things in common with, not the least where our minds went with the word “Natty.” Stbarbebaker —