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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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