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Topics of interest to Seton explored by the author of this site

Anya Seton Biography

Anya Seton Biography

The novelist Anya Seton has received well deserved attention in a new biography by Lucinda H. MacKethan. My first encounter with a Seton came at a very young age. My mother’s extensive collection of novels included several by Anya. The daughter of two writers – Ernest...

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Wild Animals I Have Known from Gibbs Smith

Wild Animals I Have Known from Gibbs Smith

Wild Animals I Have Known, published by Gibbs Smith, 2020, copyrighted cover art by Seth Lucas How many copies of Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton are in print? Hundreds of thousands at least if not more in many editions. Seton’s best seller was...

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Two Deaths, Seton, Barela

Two Deaths, Seton, Barela

Patrociño Barela photo by Robert Beadles. Seton photo by unknown photographer. During my career, I have written biographies of two artists: Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) and Patrociño Barela (ca. 1900-1964). They likely never met (or at least no supporting record...

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Ernest Thompson Seton Birthday 160

Ernest Thompson Seton Birthday 160

This day marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Thompson Seton. I also meant it to become the opening of our ENDANGERED exhibition. Selections of artwork from that show can be found in the Gallery section of this website. At the opening receptions for our...

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Project Gutenberg and Seton

Project Gutenberg and Seton

One advantage to being a long dead author is that your books enter the public domain and can come back to life in printed or digital form. Project Gutenberg has made digital copies of seventeen Seton books available in a variety of digital formats. The three most...

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Seeking Artists for 2020 Exhibition

Seeking Artists for 2020 Exhibition

I am seeking artists to take part in an exhibition slated for August 2020. Read on to learn about the organizing concepts behind “Endangered.” Before the Land Ethic Decades before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring or Aldo Leopold’s “land ethic,” Seton, through his art and...

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Trial Run for the Sixth Extinction

Trial Run for the Sixth Extinction

Seton became a leader in the effort to reconnect us to the natural world. When I tell people that Seton was in his early life an unrepentant killer of wolves and other animals, they are alarmed, aghast, and often offended. How could he be such a terrible person! they exclaim. But he ended up as a wolf advocate. What a wonderful person! they conclude.

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Lobo lecture in Albuquerque

Intertwined: The Mexican Wolf, the People and the Land Transformation of a Wolf Killer into a Wolf Protector: Wolves, Conservation and Ernest Thompson Seton by David L. Witt Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m. In January 1894 a little-known Canadian bounty hunter came to the...

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da Vinci and Seton finally meet

        Walter Isaacson’s masterful biography, Leonardo da Vinci, takes readers on a journey into the life of one of the most creative minds in history. Civilization has produced only a few such geniuses. As the original “Renaissance Man,” Leonardo...

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Lobo Graphic Novel Premiers

The passage of time brings change to the details of life. But overarching themes may change very little. One-hundred and twenty-four years ago Ernest Thompson Seton attended the last hours in the life of a wolf. Referred to in his journal as specimen #677, the wolf...

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