Ernest Thompson Seton

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Ernest Thompson Seton
BirthplaceSouth Shields, England
author, wildlife artist
Known for founder of the Woodcraft Indians and founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America

Seton, Ernest Thompson


Born Aug. 14, 1860, in South Shields, England; died Oct. 23, 1946, in Santa Fe, N.M. Canadian writer, animal painter, and naturalist.

Seton graduated from the Ontario College of Arts in 1879. For many years he lived in backwoods and prairie areas. He wrote about 40 books, mainly about animals, which he illustrated with accurate and skillful drawings. Several of his books were devoted to the life and folklore of Indians and Eskimos.

Seton’s first work was “Life of the Prairie Chicken” (1883). He won fame with Wild Animals I Have Known (1898), Lives of the Hunted (1901), and the eight-volume Lives of Game Animals (1925–27). He also published The Biography of a Grizzly (1900), The Birchbark Roll (1906), and Woodcraft and Indian Lore (1912). Seton’s books, which combine scientific accuracy with entertaining narration, have influenced many animal writers.


In Russian translation:
Poln. sobr. soch., vols. 1–10. Moscow, 1910.
Moiazhizn’. Translated by A. Makarova. Rostov-on-Don, 1957.
Rol’fvlesakh. Moscow, 1958.
Rasskazy o zhivotnykh. Moscow, 1966.
Kregkuteneiskii baran. Moscow, 1974.


“Pamiati E. Setona-Tompsona.” Sovetskaia kul’tura, Aug. 13, 1960. Garst, D. S., and W. Garst. Ernest Thompson Seton, Naturalist. New
York, 1959.
Pacey, D. Creative Writing in Canada. [Toronto] 1961.


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What intrigued him this time is Ernest Thompson Seton's epic wilderness drama Lobo, the King of Currumpaw, originally published in 1898.
On his 12th birthday, Holling received a pony that he named Beauty and a copy of Ernest Thompson Seton's book "Two Little Savages," a tale of two boys who loved the outdoors.
The animal narratives in Fauna, however, are not visionary sequences but, rather, naturalistic depictions of a specied logic that owe something to the "personal histories" recounted in Ernest Thompson Seton's Wild Animals I Have Known (which Lily also borrows from Guy's library).
In 1926, Ethel Beckwith, a reporter visiting her after the publication of her fifth book, demonstrated the problem when she remarked, "I thought that I was just coming to see Ernest Thompson Seton's wife" (1).
The child as a figure of transcultural mobility entered literary modes of territorialization in such notable works as Rudyard Kipling's Kim and Ernest Thompson Seton's Two Little Savages.
Given Hemingway's personal interest in Ernest Thompson Seton's writing, and his familiarity with the tenets of Seton's hugely popular youth organization, the Woodcraft Indians, it is not surprising that the Nick Adams stories frame the discourse of boyhood in terms of the discourse of the Indian, or more specifically the Woodcraft Indian.
Tyrrell's Across the Sub-Arctics of Canada (London and Toronto, 1897), Frank Russell's Explorations in the Far North (Iowa, 1898), David Hanbury's Sport and Travel in the Northland of Canada (London, 1904), Ernest Thompson Seton's The Arctic Prairies (New York, 1911), George Douglas' Lands Forlorn: The Story of an Expedition to Hearne's Coppermine River (New York, 1914), and Thierry Mallet's Glimpses of the Barren Lands (New York, 1930)--in fueling readers' growing fascination for contemporary, true-adventure stories set in the North American mainland's far northern wilderness.
The American scouting movement split over the issue of emphasizing American patriotism or Indian woodlore, with the Boy Scouts of America branch stressing the former and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton's Woodcraft Indians and the Camp Fire Girls with which he was also associated focusing on the latter.

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