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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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The Gospel of the Redman: An Indian Bible (1936)

A summary of Native American society and belief as it was before Columbus.

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

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Great Historic Animals: Mainly About Wolves (1937)

Mainly About Wolves is the English edition title for this book about animals known to history or legend.

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

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A Handbook to Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba (1909)

This handbook was prepared for the 79th annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. One chapter is by Seton. It is called Fauna of Manitoba. Read this book for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Et al
Illustrator(s): Photographs
Unknown
James White

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How to Play Indian (1903)

This pamphlet was reprinted from Ladies’ Home Journal. It was the first instruction for the new Woodcraft Indians. Read for free online at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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

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Johnny Bear and Other Stories from Lives of the Hunted (1924)

Includes Johnny Bear, Tito, and Why the Chickadee Goes Crazy.

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

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Johnny Bear, Lobo and Other Stories (1935)

Includes Johnny Bear, Lobo, Raggylug, Chink, The Mother Teal and the Overland Rout and Wully.

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

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Krag and Johnny Bear (1902)

Stories from Lives of the Hunted including Krag, Randy, Johnny Bear and Chink. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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The Legend of the White Reindeer (1915)

Animal biographies from Animal Heroes, including Arnaux The Chronicle of a Homing Pigeon, The Boy and the Lynx and The Legend of the White Reindeer.

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

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Life-Histories of Northern Animals Two Volumes (1909)

An exhaustive work describing the lives of the mammals found in Manitoba. Read for free online at Internet Archive: Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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

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Lives of Game Animals: Four Volumes (1925)

A four-volume work describing the lives of North American animals that are of interest to sportsmen.

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

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Lobo and Other Stories (1925)

Contains Lobo, Silverspot, Redruff and Bingo.

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

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Mainly About Wolves (1937)

Stories about animals known to history and legend.

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

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Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac (1904)

The fictionalized life of a grizzly bear, who ends in captivity at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 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 Natural History of the Ten Commandments (1907)

The author finds that the animal kingdom respects the natural law. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): None

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Nimrod’s Wife (1907)

The wife of the nature writer gives her impressions of their camping adventures. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Walter King Stone

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Old Silver Grizzle the Badger (1927)

Animal histories including Old Silver Grizzle, The Squirrel, the Rabbits, Bears, The Cute Coyote, Pairie Dog and Sneak Cats.

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

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The Preacher of Cedar Mountain (1917)

A novel of horse racing and Methodism. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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The Red Book, or How to Play Indian (1904)

This is the second edition of the handbook that started the Woodcraft Indians.

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

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The Red Lodge (1912)

Limited edition set of bylaws for an adult version of the Woodcraft Indians.

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

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The Rhythm of the Redman (1930)

A collection of Native American songs and dances.

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

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Rolf in the Woods (1911)

The story of a friendship between a white boy and an Indian in New York around the time of the War of 1812. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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Santana, the Hero Dog of France (1945)

A dog and his master give their lives to stop the German advance on Paris in World War I.

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

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Sign Talk (1918)

An extensive history of signing and a dictionary of signs, chiefly from North American Indian sign language. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Lillian Delger Powers
Hugh Lenox Scott
Ernest Thompson Seton
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Slum Cat (1915)

Three stories from Animal Heroes: The Slum Cat; Snap: The Story of a Bull-terrier and The Winnipeg Wolf.

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

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Storyteller: My Years with Ernest Thompson Seton (2015)

Leila Moss Knox lived with Seton and his wife for three years during the 1930’s and here recounts her experiences and some of the stories he told.

Author(s): Leila Moss Knox
Linda L. Knox
Illustrator(s): Ernest Thompson Seton

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The Ten Commandments in the Animal World (1925)

The author finds that animals respect the natural law.

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

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Trail of an Artist-Naturalist (1940)

Autobiography of the Canadian artist-naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

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

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A Treasury of Cat Stories (1944)

An anthology of cat stories from the masters - Wodehouse, Seton, Saki - and the not so well-known.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Charles Dudley Warner
P. G. Wodehouse
Et al
Illustrator(s): Peggy Bacon

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A Woman Tenderfoot (1900)

A young woman goes camping in the mountain West. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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The Woodcraft Manual for Boys of the Woodcraft League (1917)

A scouting manual from a precursor of the Boy Scouts of America. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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The Woodcraft Manual For Girls of the Woodcraft League (1916)

An early scouting handbook for girls. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Ernest Thompson Seton
Et al
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Woodland Tales (1921)

A large collection of nature fairy tales. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

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

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Woodmyth and Fable (1905)

A collection of short myths or fables, most with a moral. 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 Worlds of Ernest Thompson Seton (1976)

Paintings and illustrations by the Canadian naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

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

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