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Richard D. Rust
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)

Definitive Edition of James Fenimore Cooper's The Pathfinder

P.I. edited Washington Irving's Astoria as part of The Complete Works of Washington Irving, and is now editing James Fenimore Cooper's The Pathfinder as part of a ten-volume series of Cooper's best-known works, scheduled to be published by the State University of New York Press. P.I. will collate all available forms of the work, establish a definitive reading text which comes closest to the author's intentions, write a historical essay and a textual essay, provide annotations for the text, and compose various textual lists. Research and editing project has a direct relationship to the bicentennial observance of the American Revolution. The Pathfinder (1840) illustrates the roots of national character as well as tendencies of American destiny.

Project fields:
American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1975 – 8/31/1975