Inspired by accusations of venality leveled at the men who captured Major Andre (Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator, executed for espionage in 1780), Cooper's novel centers on Harry Birch, a common man wrongly suspected by well-born Patriots of being a spy for the British. Even George Washington, who supports Birch, misreads the man, and when Washington offers him payment for information vital to the Patriot's cause, Birch scorns the money and asserts that his action were motivated not by financial reward, but by his devotion to the fight for independence. A historical adventure tale reminiscent of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels, The Spy is also a parable of the American experience, a reminder that the nation's survival, like its Revolution, depends on judging people by their actions, not their class or reputations.
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|Grouped Work ID||579edff0-44bf-6e06-ed60-4492f5d39e91|
|Grouping Author||cooper james fenimore|
|Last Grouping Update||2017-12-19 00:07:53AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-23 00:52:39AM|
|author||Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.|
|author_display||Cooper, James Fenimore|
|detailed_location_school||Bellevue Middle - Teen Fiction|
|item_details||ils:CARL0000514490|B00156552|Bellevue Middle - Teen Fiction|F COO|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||44130|||
|record_details||ils:CARL0000514490|Book|Books||English|G.K. Hall,||287 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.|
|subject_facet||Historical fiction, Large type books, New York (State) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction, Spy stories, United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction, War stories|
|title_full||The spy / James Fenimore Cooper|
|topic_facet||Fiction, History, Large type books|