Fairly contemporaneous yet radically different, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) and James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826) offer two striking visions of the nineteenth-century novel. One explores country lanes and the intricate workings of society. The other navigates the violence and beauty of the wilderness. One is a masterwork of style and precision. The other is crude yet visionary. Both are central to the history of the novel.
Enrique Lima holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. He has published on the theory and history of the novel in various literary journals. He has taught at Stanford, the University of Oregon and the University of California, Berkeley.