Ernest Thompson Seton
(1860 - 1946)
Ernest Thompson Seton was a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.
His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and The Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA.
Famously, on his 21st birthday, his father presented him with a bill for his birth, upbringing and education, which he paid -- and never spoke to his father again.
Ernest changed his name from Ernest Seton Thompson to Ernest Thompson Seton in 1902.
As the cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, many of his publications were ephemeral, such as the Birch Bark Roll of which there seem to have been nearly twenty issues.
Animal Heroes (1905)
A collection of eight animal biographies based on real individuals, including a cat, a dog, a pigeon, a lynx, two wolves and a reindeer. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The Animal Story Book (1901)
Posthumously-published work on tracking by the noted woodcraft author.
Selected lives from Life-Histories of Northern Animals. This appeared in many editions under various titles.
The Arctic Prairies (1912)
Animal biography of a gray squirrel. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Selections from Seton’s animal biographies.
Billy the Dog that Made Good (1930)
A collection of animal life stories.
The life story of a silver fox and the humans who met him. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The life story of an arctic fox.
The Book of Woodcraft (1912)
A comprehensive guide to woodcraft by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
The ‘Original” edition of the Boy Scouts of America Handbook was written by E. T. Seton, using some of the material from R. Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys. Read for free online at the E. T. Seton Institute.
The Buffalo Wind (1938)
A limited edition of only 250 copies was printed. The image above is a photograph of the author that was pasted into each copy.
An anthology of animal stories.
Read online at archive.org.
Chink a Woolly Coated Little Dog and Other Stories from Lives of the Hunted and Wild Animals at Home (1927)
Selected life-histories of four-footed friends.
A collection of thirty favorite dog stories.
An anthology of the writings of Ernest Thompson Seton, British-Canadian-American naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
Famous Animal Stories (1932)
A collection of stories about animals including myths, fables, fairy tales and true-life adventures.
Three animal histories from Wild Animal Ways.