Many are unfamiliar with James Fenimore Cooper, even though every American comes across his work in the class or on TV. Today he is best remembered as a novelist who wrote numerous sea-stories and the historical novels known as the Leatherstocking Tales, featuring frontiersman Natty Bumppo. Cooper's most famous novel is The Last of the Mohicans, which was one of the novels comprising The Leatherstocking Tales and was later made into a popular movie.
Richard Steele (1672-1729) is famous as an early writer of sentimental drama and as half of the essay-writing team of Addison and Steele. But during 1713 and 1714 he became the leading political propagandist for the Whigs, campaigning particularly for the royal succession of the house of Hanover. In the last months of Anne's reign he was expelled from Parliament for seditious libel. In the first months of George's reign he was returned again to Parliament, made a manager of Drury Lane Theatre and knighted. Thereafter, Sir Richard continued to write political propaganda but took independent positions on important issues, at the expense of his friendship with Addison. As a theatrical manager he failed to effect a reformist agenda, but his final play, The Conscious Lovers, represented the exemplary drama he advocated.
Eleanor Gates (26 September 1875 - 7 March 1951) was an American playwright who created seven plays that were staged on Broadway.
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