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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: John Esten Cooke (1830-1886)

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John Esten Cooke was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1830. His early works, such as The Virginia Comedians and The Youth of Jefferson, were historical romances of old Virginia. Cooke served with the Confederate army during the Civil War, and after the war he used his experiences as a basis for a number of Civil War novels. These include Mohun and Wearing of the Gray. Cooke also drew on his Confederate service to write biographies of "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee.


Works in the EAF Collection

Doctor Vandyke. A Novel (1872) (Restricted)

Ellie; or, The Human Comedy (1855) (Restricted)

Fairfax; or, The Master of Greenway Court. A Chronicle of the Valley of the Shenandoah (1868) (Restricted)

Hammer and Rapier (1870) (Restricted)

Henry St. John, Gentleman, of "Flower of Hundreds," in the County of Prince George, Virginia. A Tale of 1774-'75 (1859) (Restricted)

Her Majesty, the Queen: A Novel (1873) (Restricted)

Hilt to Hilt; or, Days and Nights on the Banks of the Shenandoah in the Autumn of 1864 (1869) (Restricted)

Justin Harley: A Romance of Old Virginia (1874) (Restricted)

The Last of the Foresters; or, Humors on the Border. A Story of the Old Virginia Frontier (1856) (Restricted)

Leather Stocking and Silk; or, Hunter John Myers and His Times. A Story of the Valley of Virginia (1854) (Restricted)

Mohun; or, The Last Days of Lee and His Paladins. Final Memoirs of a Staff Officer Serving in Virginia. From the Mss. of Colonel Surry, of Eagle's Nest (1869)

Out at Elbows in Gifts of Genius (1859) (Restricted)

Out of the Foam: A Novel (1871) (Restricted)

Pretty Mrs. Gaston, and Other Stories (1874) (Restricted)

Surry of Eagle's-Nest; or, The Memoirs of a Staff-Officer Serving in Virginia. Edited from the Mss. of Colonel Surry (1866) (Restricted)

The Virginia Comedians; or, Old Days in the Old Dominion. Edited from the Mss. of C. Effngham, Esq. (1854) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes and Adventures of the War (1867)

The Youth of Jefferson; or, A Chronicle of College Scrapes at Williamsburg, in Virginia, A.D. 1764 (1854) (Restricted)

EAF Manuscript Materials

Manuscript: Draft pages from Mohun

Photo: John Esten Cooke

Engraving: John Esten Cooke

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)