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Dedication: To three beautiful people whose love and forebearance made this study possible: Patricia, Wendy, and Harriet.
"It is now apparent to me that the often-repeated view of Cooper as a liberal turned conservative is stridently out of accord with the record of his thought as it is revealed in his own words in his novels, letters, and non-fiction. By contrast, the picture that emerges is of a coherent and consistent conservatism -- a profound conservatism that issues from a theological evaluation of man's essential nature, and which extends from the religious sphere to all walks of life. What I have written is a brief in defense of my findings."
Allan M. Axelrad (Preface, p. ix)
|Chapter One||The Crater: An Introduction to Cooper's World View||1|
|Chapter Two||History and Social Change||49|
|Chapter Three||The Continuity and Consistency of Cooper's World View||81|
|Chapter Four||Proximate Utopia||115||Chapter Five||Proximate Anti-Utopia||165||Chapter Six||History and Faith||205||Index||223|
Note: Footnotes are numbered separately in each chapter.
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