The Pilot; A Tale of the Sea by James Fenimore Cooper is a 479-page softcover published by State University of New York Press (Albany, New York). First published in 1823, this copy published in 1986. There is some light shelf wear and a small closed tear to the bottom back cover. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked and the pages are tightly bound.
Having drawn on local knowledge and private information for The Spy and on his own boyhood experiences for The Pioneers, it was inevitable that Cooper would seeks a way to convert yet another area of his special knowledge into art. His first choice of career had been the U.S. Navy, in which he served as midshipman from 1808 to 1810. In 1823, Cooper began writing The Pilot, which he saw as a sea novel that seamen would appreciate for its fidelity and yet one that landsmen could understand.
"Cooper's poetic power is reserved for the sea, which is no backdrop but a separate world with forces and laws of its own. The individuation of the ships, particularly the personification of the Ariel, contributes to the magic, but the exhilaration of the book comes from the triumph of human skill and intelligence over uncertainties and downright hostilities of a world of waves, winds, and hidden reefs. The land offers neither a comparable challenge nor so heady a victory." --from the Introduction