The Wild Animal Story

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Bringing together some of the most celebrated wild animal stories, Ralph H. Lutts places them firmly in the context of heated controversies about animal intelligence and purposeful behavior. Widely regarded as entertaining and educational, the early stories - by Charles G. D. Roberts, Ernest Thompson Seton, John Muir, Jack London, and others - had an avid readership among adults and children. But some naturalists and at least one hunter - Theodore Roosevelt - discredited these writers as "nature fakers," accusing...
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Bringing together some of the most celebrated wild animal stories, Ralph H. Lutts places them firmly in the context of heated controversies about animal intelligence and purposeful behavior. Widely regarded as entertaining and educational, the early stories - by Charles G. D. Roberts, Ernest Thompson Seton, John Muir, Jack London, and others - had an avid readership among adults and children. But some naturalists and at least one hunter - Theodore Roosevelt - discredited these writers as "nature fakers," accusing them of falsely portraying animal behavior. Renewed interest in the wild animal story accompanied the environmental movement, and since the 1960s' novels and stories by writers like Rachel Carson and Farley Mowat, commercial films and documentaries have become the main source of public information about nature and animal behavior.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781566395939
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Animals, Culture and Society Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Wild Animal Story: Animals and Ideas 1
2 On His Animal Stories 25
3 Do Seek Their Meat from God 31
4 The Rivals of Ringwaak 36
5 On His Animal Stories 45
6 Lobo: The King of the Currumpaw 48
7 The Springfield Fox 59
8 On His Animal Stories 71
9 A School for Little Fishermen 76
10 Trails That Cross in the Snow 81
11 A Woodcock Genius 89
12 The Sounding of the Call 91
13 Stickeen 103
14 Journey to the Sea 117
15 Real and Sham Natural History 129
16 The Modern School of Nature-Study and Its Critics 144
17 The Fate of Little Mucky 153
18 The Writings of William J. Long 155
19 Truth Plain and Coloured 158
20 Nature as a Field for Fiction 161
21 Roosevelt on the Nature Fakirs 164
22 "I Propose to Smoke Roosevelt Out" - Dr. Long 172
23 Charles G. D. Roberts Defends His Nature Stories 182
24 Real Naturalists on Nature Faking 184
25 "Nature Fakers" 192
26 The Other Animals 199
27 Chipmunk Thoughts 211
28 Animal Victims 215
29 The Revolt Against Instinct: The Animal Stories of Seton and Roberts 225
30 The Realistic Animal Story: Ernest Thompson Seton, Charles Roberts, and Darwinism 237
31 Stickeen and the Moral Education of John Muir 248
32 Will the Real Wild Animal Please Stand Up! The Nature Fakers 268
About the Writers 291
Index 295
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