Perhaps this story scarcely needs a Preface, but the
child of the writer’s invention comes to possess
a place in his affections, and he is reluctant to
send it forth into the wide world,...
As a novelist and chronicler of Virginia history, John Esten Cooke was considered a major author in the South immediately before and following the Civil War. Although he was trained as a lawyer, Cooke...
John Esten Cooke is usually thought of as a writer who ended one literary tradition and initiated another. Beginning his career as an imitator of James Fenimore Cooper and an author of pre-Revolutiona...