THE WORLDS OF ERNEST THOMPSON SETON by John G.--Ed. Samson

THE WORLDS OF ERNEST THOMPSON SETON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A representative selection of Seton's work, this has charm for both artists and naturalists. Along with excerpts from his many books--Wild Animals I Have Known, Lives of Game Animals, Arctic Prairies among them--are 36 full-color paintings, numerous field sketches, and small, delicate line drawings that reveal the scope of his work. Seton was an acute observer who would count the feathers on each part of a bird, yet his style is more suggestive than precise. His wolf paintings, with brush strokes clearly apparent, are probably most familiar, and editor Samson has included that especially moving passage about the pursuit, capture, and decline of the savage Lobo. Equally dramatic are renderings of a cottontail poised and serene, a herd of deer prancing in a meadow, a cougar staring intently. For some there is the additional appeal of the field sketches--animals seen and drawn from different aspects, hurried and repeated attempts to master body parts, some unfinished, a few slightly stained. Samson introduces each of the three sections (the geographical regions where Seton worked) with comments that order the events of his life.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1976
Publisher: Knopf