A List of Works by James Fenimore Cooper for Voracious Readers

Portrait of James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), engraving

James Fenimore Cooper was a popular American author. Born in 1789 in New Jersey, he became part of the Romantics literary movement. Many of his novels were influenced by the years he spent in the U.S. Navy. He was a prolific writer producing something almost every year from 1820 until his death in 1851. He is perhaps most well known for his novel The Last of the Mohicans, which is considered to be an American classic. 

1820 - Precaution (novel, set in England, 1813-1814)
1821 - The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground (novel, located in Westchester County, New York, 1778)
1823 - The Pioneers: or The Sources of the Susquehanna (novel, part of the Leatherstocking series, set in Otsego County, New York, 1793-1794)
1823 - Tales for Fifteen: or Imagination and Heart (2 short stories, written under the pseudonym: "Jane Morgan")
1824 - The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea (novel, about John Paul Jones, England, 1780)
1825 - Lionel Lincoln: or The Leaguer of Boston (novel, set during the Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston, 1775-1781)​
1826 - The Last of the Mohicans: A narrative of 1757 (novel, part of the Leatherstocking series, set during the French and Indian War, Lake George & Adirondacks, 1757)
1827 - The Prairie (novel, part of the Leatherstocking series, set in the American Midwest, 1805)
1828 - The Red Rover: A Tale (novel, set in Newport, Rhode Island & Atlantic Ocean, pirates, 1759)
1828 - Notions of the Americans: Picked up by a Travelling Bachelor (non-fiction, about America for European readers)
1829 - The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish: A Tale (novel, set in Western Connecticut, Puritans and Indians, 1660-1676)
1830 - The Water-Witch: or the Skimmer of the Seas (novel, set in New York, about smugglers, 1713)
1830 - Letter to General Lafayette (politics, France vs. US, cost of government)
1831 - The Bravo: A Tale (novel, set in Venice, 18th century)
1832 - The Heidenmauer: or, The Benedictines, A Legend of the Rhine (novel, German Rhineland, 16th century)
1832 - "No Steamboats" (short story)
1833 - The Headsman: The Abbaye des Vignerons (novel, set in Geneva, Switzerland, & Alps, 18th century)
1834 - A Letter to His Countrymen (politics)
1835 - The Monikins (a satire on British and American politics; set in Antarctica, 1830s)
1836 - The Eclipse (memoir, about the Solar eclipse in Cooperstown, New York 1806)
1836 - Gleanings in Europe: Switzerland (Sketches of Switzerland, travel writings about hiking in Switzerland, 1828)
1836 - Gleanings in Europe: The Rhine (Sketches of Switzerland, travel writings from France, Rhineland & Switzerland, 1832)
1836 - A Residence in France: With an Excursion Up the Rhine, and a Second Visit to Switzerland (travel writings)
1837 - Gleanings in Europe: France (travel writings, 1826-1828)
1837 - Gleanings in Europe: England (travel writings in England, 1826, 1828, 1833)
1838 - Gleanings in Europe: Italy (travel writings, 1828-1830)
1838 - The American Democrat: or Hints on the Social and Civic Relations of the United States of America (non-fiction US society and government)
1838 - The Chronicles of Cooperstown (history, set in Cooperstown, New York)
1838 - Homeward Bound: or The Chase: A Tale of the Sea (novel, set on the Atlantic Ocean & North African coast, 1835)
1838 - Home as Found: Sequel to Homeward Bound (novel, set in New York City & Otsego County, New York, 1835)
1839 - The History of the Navy of the United States of America (history US Naval history to date)
1839 - Old Ironsides (history History of the Frigate USS Constitution, 1st pub.

1840 - The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea (novel Leatherstocking, Western New York, 1759)
1840 - Mercedes of Castile: or, The Voyage to Cathay (novel Christopher Columbus in West Indies, 1490s)
1841 - The Deerslayer: or The First Warpath (novel Leatherstocking, Otsego Lake 1740-1745)
1842 - The Two Admirals (novel England & English Channel, Scottish uprising, 1745)
1842 - The Wing-and-Wing: le Le Feu-Follet (novel Italian coast, Napoleonic Wars, 1745)
1843 - Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief (novelette Social satire, France & New York, 1830s)
1843 - Wyandotte: or The Hutted Knoll. A Tale (novel Butternut Valley of Otsego County, New York, 1763-1776)
1843 - Ned Myers: or Life before the Mast (biography of Cooper's shipmate who survived an 1813 sinking of a US sloop of war in a storm)
1844 - Afloat and Ashore: or The Adventures of Miles Wallingford. A Sea Tale (novel Ulster County & worldwide, 1795-1805 

1844 - Miles Wallingford: Sequel to Afloat and Ashore (novel Ulster County & worldwide, 1795-1805)

1844 - Proceedings of the Naval Court-Martial in the Case of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie

1845 - Satanstoe: or The Littlepage Manuscripts, a Tale of the Colony (novel New York City, Westchester County, Albany, Adirondacks, 1758)
1845 - The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts (novel Westchester County, Adirondacks, 1780s)
1846 - The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin: Being the Conclusion of the Littlepage Manuscripts (novel Anti-rent wars, Adirondacks, 1845)
1846 - Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers (biography)
1847 - The Crater; or, Vulcan's Peak: A Tale of the Pacific (Mark's Reef)
novel Philadelphia, Bristol (PA), & deserted Pacific island, early 1800s)
1848 - Jack Tier: or the Florida Reefs (novel Florida Keys, Mexican War, 1846)
1848 - The Oak Openings: or the Bee-Hunter (novel Kalamazoo River, Michigan, War of 1812)
1849 - The Sea Lions: The Lost Sealers (novel Long Island & Antarctica, 1819-1820)
1850 - The Ways of the Hour (novel "Dukes County, New York", murder/courtroom mystery novel, legal corruption, women's rights, 1846)
1850 - Upside Down: or Philosophy in Petticoats (play satirization of socialism)
1851 - The Lake Gun (short story Seneca Lake in New York, political satire based on folklore)
1851 - New York: or The Towns of Manhattan (history Unfinished, history of New York City, 1st pub.