Ernest Thompson Seton

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Ernest Thompson Seton
Birthday
BirthplaceSouth Shields, England
Died
Occupation
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.

WORKS

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.

REFERENCES

“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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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).
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.
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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