BY A THOUSAND FIRES by Julia M. Seton

BY A THOUSAND FIRES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The widow of the naturalist-author Ernest Thompson Seton brings together biographical mementoes, particularly from Seton's early years, and extracts from his unpublished journals and manuscripts. The life recall underscores the terrible family division and hatred of his father--with reason, moves with the family from England to Canada. The extracts take up many subjects, primarily concerned with nature--Manitoba notes, field notes on the birds of New Mexico, nature tales and fables for adults; also poetry, a humorous piece on inciting a riot in an anti-vivisectionist meeting, the physical basis of the intellect, the troth plighting at Seton Village, and Mrs. Custer (the General was Seton's other great hate). There is also mention of the origin of Two Little Savages, of the youth movement he headed and his role as Chief Scout, the Seton Village community at Santa Fe. The touch of the scientist-romancer is fitfully evident here, but who will listen to the ""Buffalo Wind"" today?

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Doubleday