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

Seton at the Battle of Langside Part I

Seton at the Battle of Langside Part I

Seton was at the Battle of Langside—not the usual Seton I write about, but one George Seton who lived 300 years before Ernest. While I am anxious to explore the battle—which is interesting in and of itself—I find myself waylaid by a different issue also needing...

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How to Play Indian According to Seton

How to Play Indian According to Seton

The Red Book or How To Play Indian by Ernest Thompson Seton In 1903 Ernest Thompson Seton published a pamphlet through the Curtis Publishing Company titled “How to Play Indian. Directions for Organizing a Tribe of Boy Indians and Making their Teepees in the True...

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Seton Wisdom in time of War

Seton Wisdom in time of War

"In days like these one can accept or assume no higher or better mission than that of peace messenger, a personal messenger of peace and understanding among the nations.” Ernest Thompson Seton, 1936, A Peace Mission to Europe Almost eighty-six years ago, understanding...

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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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