Just after he published the work now considered his masterpiece, the epic 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans, the popular American writer JAMES FENIMORE COOPER (1789-1851) decamped for Europe, where he would live and travel for several years. Here, in this little-read collection of letters from his travels, Cooper shares his wry insights on life as an American abroad for readers back home. rn rn Unappreciated as a travel writer, Cooper turns his keen eye upon:rn rn . custom-house civilityrn . fashion in America and English costumern . London pickpocketsrn . horse-racing in Parisrn . ladies in coffee-housesrn . diplomatic etiquettern . English prejudice against Americansrn . the gardens of Versaillesrn . on being presented at foreign courtsrn . Continental mannersrn . and much more.