The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper, each featuring the main hero Natty Bumppo, known by European settlers as "Leatherstocking," 'The Pathfinder", and "the trapper" and by the Native Americans as "Deerslayer," "La Longue Carabine" and "Hawkeye".
The list below of the books in the series may be sorted either by publication date or chronologically by story action, by clicking on the double-arrow symbol at the top of the appropriate column:
Note that the "Story Dates" above are the dates given by Cooper in the tales themselves. They don't all correspond with the actual dates of historical events described in the series. This may have been done for convenience's sake, for instance to avoid making Leatherstocking 100 years old when he traveled the Kansas
plains in The Prairie
The Natty Bumppo character is generally believed to have been inspired, at least in part, by the real-life squatter David Shipman and the pioneer man Thomas Leffingwell.
In other media
Many depictions of Natty Bumppo and his adventures appear on film. Most used one of his nicknames, most often Hawkeye. In the 1992 film version
of Last of the Mohicans
, Hawkeye's name was changed from Bumppo to Poe. Bumppo is also featured in the comic book series Jack of Fables
, along with Slue-Foot Sue, as trackers hired to capture other "Fables".
- James H. Pickering, Cooper's Otsego Heritage: The Sources of The Pioneers, 1979
- James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Saga, edited by Allan Nevins, Pantheon Books, 1954.
- J.R. Moehringer, 'The Tender Bar: A memoir'. Referred to by one of the characters, Bud in this quote - "Don't think of fear as the villain. Think of fear as your guide, your pathfinder - your Natty Bumppo."
- Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker, 1979