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James B. Pond Writes About Seton

James B. Pond Writes About Seton

Author photo from Eccentricities of genius Lecture organizer James B. Pond (1838-1903) propelled Ernest Thompson Seton to great success in the “Lyceum business” in the year following the publication of Wild Animals I Have Known (1898). Pond represented Mark Twain and...

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1899 Review of Wild Animals I Have Known

1899 Review of Wild Animals I Have Known

Seton Illustration at end of Wild Animals I Have Known Seton’s first best-seller, Wild Animals I Have Known, became an immediate sensation. I know this because Seton said so himself in Trail of an Artist-Naturalist: “When one has published a series of successful...

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Wild Animals I Have Known Published 122 Years Ago

Wild Animals I Have Known Published 122 Years Ago

“Lobo,” a contemporary “Collie Dog” Seton’s first best seller, Wild Animals I Have Known, propelled him to fame and considerable wealth as a proverbial overnight success in December 1898. The following year The American Naturalist published a review in Vol. XXXIII on...

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Seton Indians and Woodcraft 1902

Seton Indians and Woodcraft 1902

Photograph of young Louise Sangree with her parents and siblings. She is standing in left profile, back against a tree. The following handwritten 1902 letter from a remarkably observant young woman, Louise “Luise” Sangree, is important for being a first-hand account...

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New Book About Ernest Thompson Seton

New Book About Ernest Thompson Seton

Seton has been the subject of several biographies, from children’s books to dissertations to an exhibition catalog (mine!). Most of his biographers were too young to have known Seton; to my knowledge Jack Samson was the only one who met him. It turns out there is an...

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Lucia and the Bear

Lucia and the Bear

 In his first book of stories, Wild Animals I Have Known, Seton included “Bingo, the Story of My Dog.” In the account, the narrator is caught in his own wolf traps and is soon surrounded by wolves.  From afar, Bingo senses his plight, and comes to the rescue chasing...

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