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Ernest Thompson Seton

Author, Illustrator, Editor

(1860 - 1946)

Ernest Thompson Seton

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 first wife was fellow author Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson. His second wife was fellow author Julia M. Buttree.

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.



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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.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson
Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Animal Story Book (1901)

One of twenty volumes of the Young Folks’ Library, Thomas Bailey Aldrich editor-in-chief. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Aesop
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Jean de La Fontaine
Rudyard Kipling
Ernest Thompson Seton
Anna Sewell
Illustrator(s): Various

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Animal Tracks and Hunter Signs (1958)

Posthumously-published work on tracking by the noted woodcraft author.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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Animals (1926)

Selected lives from Life-Histories of Northern Animals. This appeared in many editions under various titles.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): McGinn

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The Arctic Prairies (1912)

The true story of Ernest Thompson Seton’s 2000-mile, six-month canoe journey across northern Canada in 1907 in search of caribou. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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Bannertail: The Story of a Gray Squirrel (1922)

Animal biography of a gray squirrel. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Best of Ernest Thompson Seton (1949)

Selections from Seton’s animal biographies.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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Billy the Dog that Made Good (1930)

A collection of animal life stories.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Biography of a Silver Fox (1909)

The life story of a silver fox and the humans who met him. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson
Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Biography of an Arctic Fox (1937)

The life story of an arctic fox.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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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.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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Boy Scouts of America: Official Handbook (1910)

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.

Author(s): Robert Baden-Powell
Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Robert Baden-Powell

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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.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Harold Evans Kellogg

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Dogs, Heroes, Adventurers, Friends (1964)

A collection of thirty favorite dog stories.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Rudyard Kipling
Ernest Thompson Seton
Et al
Illustrator(s): Hamilton Greene

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Ernest Thompson Seton’s America (1954)

An anthology of the writings of Ernest Thompson Seton, British-Canadian-American naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Julia M. Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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Famous Animal Stories (1932)

A collection of stories about animals including myths, fables, fairy tales and true-life adventures.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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The Forester’s Manual (1912)

This book was written as a supplement to the author’s books on woodcraft. It was designated No. 2 of Scout Manual Series. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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