The World of Animals: An Anthology of Lore, Legend, and Literature

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Human beings share the earth with many other living creatures and have dealt with them in many different ways. Animals have furnished humans with food, done their work, aroused their curiosity, provided them with “sport,” stimulated their sense of beauty, and provoked their wonder. They have also shared affection, when both the human and animal have decided to give it. No less varied or avoidable are the attitudes humans have developed toward these creatures.

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Overview

Human beings share the earth with many other living creatures and have dealt with them in many different ways. Animals have furnished humans with food, done their work, aroused their curiosity, provided them with “sport,” stimulated their sense of beauty, and provoked their wonder. They have also shared affection, when both the human and animal have decided to give it. No less varied or avoidable are the attitudes humans have developed toward these creatures.

This collection of writings selected from a vast literature about animals is also about the people who have been inspired to write on that subject. Sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously the writer implies an answer to one or more of the questions that any concern with an animal must raise, such as: What is an animal’s place in nature? Are they here primarily to serve as a food source? Do they possess inherent rights and privileges? How are they alike or different from humans? The answers to these questions are as varied as the authors. Each narrative description, or exposition contributes something to an over-all picture of human beings’ relations with and attitudes toward the animal kingdom.

It is a remarkable conclusion, illustrated by Krutch’s chronological arrangement within categories, that almost every major attitude and activity that has ever existed concerning animals still exists today even though there has been a drift in certain directions. Although the editor fairly represents the opposing view, his sympathies lie with those for whom the animal world embodies something to be loved and learned from rather than merely to be studied or exploited.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781412814409
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2010
  • Pages: 541
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) began his career as a teacher at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and later become professor of dramatic literature at Columbia University. He also was a theater critic for the Nation where he wrote several books in the areas of literary biography and theoretical history. Some of his works include More Lives than One, The Forgotten Peninsula, and Human Nature and the Human Condition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

SECTION ONE: PROFILES AND PORTRAITS

Behemoth the book of job

Medieval Lion anonymous

The Whale, the Unicorn and the Pussy Cat

BARTHOLOMAEUS ANGLICUS

A History of Four-footed Beasts edward topsell

Little Miss Muffet thomas muffet

The Animals Come to Court comte de buffon

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker alexander wilson

A Tenderfoot Meets Some Natives

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS

An American Perfume john james audubon

Portrait of a Friend henry david thoreau

No Pride of Ancestry and No Hope of Posterity

CLARENCE KING

A Companion in Solitude john muir

Tomcat Past His Prime colette

Sea Otters and Civilization

ERNEST THOMPSON SETON

A Modern Primitive anonymous

SECTION TWO: HUNTERS AND SPORTSMEN

The Heroes Go Hunting homer; virgil

Sportsman's Vocabulary dame juliana berners

The Harmonious Hound gervase markham

Fisherman's Defense izaak walton

Country Squire anthony cooper

Sir Roger Spares a Rabbit joseph addison

The Fox Hunt george berkeley

Connecticut Wolf Hunt david humphreys

The Eskimo and the Seal thomas pennant

Poaching as a Way of Life gilbert white

The Man in the Coonskin Hat david crockett

Cockneys Afield charles dickens

Sport on the Plantation john james audubon

Leviathan herman melville

Crocodile Tears paul du chaillu

Slaughter of the Elephant Seal

CHARLES M. SCAMMON

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright the hon. james inglis

Shooting Elephants for Fun

FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS

Slaughter of the Innocents john burroughs

Give a Cat a Bad Name theodore roosevelt

The Wilds Without Firearms enos a. mills

Set a Seal to Catch a Seal vilhjalmur stefansson

Mark Twain in Eruption samuel stevens hood

Death of a Rabbit william f. mc dermott

SECTION THREE: THE WIDE WIDE WORLD

Holy Cats herodotus

Natural History Notes of a Practicing Pirate

WILLIAM DAMPIER

A French View of the Rattlesnake

MICHEL DE CREVECOEUR

William Bartram Meets the Alligator

WILLIAM BARTRAM

Humboldt in South America

ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT

Why the Sloth Is Slothful charles waterton

The Great Beast of the Plains francis parkman

Meditation on a Tortoise herman melville

The River and the Jungle henry walter bates

The Old Man of the Woods

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

The Communist Achievement thomas belt

Far Away and Long Ago h. hudson

Sheep Without Shepherds ^ john muir

SECTION FOUR: CRUELTY AND FELLOW FEELING

Man's Best Friend homer

The Little Brothers of St. Francis anonymous

No Pets Permitted william of wykeham

Mr. Pepys Is Not Amused anonymous; samuel pepys

Sweet Reason michel de montaigne

Fellow Creature or Machine jean de la fontaine

"Nature's Children All Divide Her Care" john ray

An Eighteenth-Century Humanitarian

ALEXANDER POPE

Merry England harleian manuscripts;

WEEKLY JOURNAL

Cruel Curiosity samuel johnson

Two Poets william cowper;

CHRISTOPHER SMART

Sentimental Journey laurence sterne

The Bullfight Lingers On captain basil hall

Walden Neighbors henry david thoreau

Lighter Side of a Philosopher john bowring

"The Grass-Lark" lafcadio hearn

Jungle Pet william beebe

A Short Life but a Full One gustav eckstein

The Friendly Wolf M lois crisler

SECTION FIVE: LEGENDS, FANTASIES, AND FICTIONS

Chasser la Nature the panchatantra

The Scandalous Behavior of Zeus lucian

The Golden Ass lucius apuleius

Preacher's Vade Mecuni anonymous

The Magpie Who Talked Too Much

THE KNIGHT DE LA TOUR LANDRY

Unnatural History michel de montaigne; robert burton; helen waddell

A Witch's Familiar joseph addison

What Is a Long Life? benjamin franklin

Does a Cat Lay Eggs? hester lynch piozzi

Dangerous Woman theqphile gautier

Unhappy Ending alphonse daudet

Why the Coyote Is So Smart stephen powers

By the Great Grey-Green Greasy Limpopo

RUDYARD KIPLING

On Choosing Your Grandfather clarence day

With a Grain of Salt henry moses; colette

SECTION SIX: FROM ARISTOTLE TO DARWIN TO?

"The Master of Those Who Know" aristotle

The Credulous Roman pliny the elder

The Wonders of Instinct michel de montaigne

Vulgar Errors sir thomas browne

John Ray and Two Unsolved Problems john ray

A Sage Is Not Impressed; Darwin's Grandfather Is james boswell; erasmus darwin

Born Again oliver goldsmith

Poor Relation james burnett, lord monboddo

The Watchmaker and the Watch william paley

Charles Darwin Is Puzzled charles darwin

The Darwinian Revolution charles darwin

Not Quite Everyone Was Convinced

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

This Simian World ralph linton

The Rebirth of Wonder loren eiseley

SECTION SEVEN: DESTRUCTION AND CONSERVATION

And Then There Were None John james audubon

An Island Eden charles darwin

Progress in Concord henry david thoreau

Genocide buffalo bill cody

One Bird Less on Martha's Vineyard

ARTHUR BEETLE HOUGH

No Use for a Gun john steinbeck

How to Become Extinct M will cuppy

"How Careful of the Type She Seems . . ."

LEWIS WAYNE WALKER

Conservation Is Not Enough joseph wood krutch

SECTION EIGHT: HEAD AND HEART

Reflections on a Tortoise gilbert white

New England Birds wilson flagg

Pigeons on the Grass richard jefferies

Sociable Hermit john burroughs

Defenseless but Happy dallas lore sharp

The Love Life of the Bee maurice maeterlinck

La Ci Darem La Mano jean henri fabre

The Rapture of the Bird sir julian huxley

He Made So Many of Them john kieran

Jungle Night lourus j. and margery j. milne

The Newest Marvels of the Bee rutherford platt

He Made So Many of Them john kieran

Jungle Night lourus j. and margery j. milne

The Newest Marvels of the Bee rutherford platt

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