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The World of Animals

An Anthology of Lore, Legend, and Literature, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph Krutch

Routledge

540 pages

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Human beings share the earth with many other living creatures and have dealt with them in many different ways. Animals have furnished humans with food, done their work, aroused their curiosity, provided them with "sport," stimulated their sense of beauty, and provoked their wonder. They have also shared affection, when both the human and animal have decided to give it. No less varied or avoidable are the attitudes humans have developed toward these creatures.

This collection of writings selected from a vast literature about animals is also about the people who have been inspired to write on that subject. Sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously the writer implies an answer to one or more of the questions that any concern with an animal must raise, such as: What is an animal's place in nature? Are they here primarily to serve as a food source? Do they possess inherent rights and privileges? How are they alike or different from humans? The answers to these questions are as varied as the authors. Each narrative description, or exposition contributes something to an over-all picture of human beings' relations with and attitudes toward the animal kingdom.

It is a remarkable conclusion, illustrated by Krutch's chronological arrangement within categories, that almost every major attitude and activity that has ever existed concerning animals still exists today even though there has been a drift in certain directions. Although the editor fairly represents the opposing view, his sympathies lie with those for whom the animal world embodies something to be loved and learned from rather than merely to be studied or exploited.

Table of Contents

Introduction

SECTION ONE:PROFILES AND PORTRAITS

Behemoth the book of job
Medieval Lion anonymous
The Whale, the Unicorn and the Pussy Cat
BARTHOLOMAEUSANGLICUS
A History of Four-footed Beasts edward topsell
Little Miss Muffet thomas muffet
The Animals Come to Court comte de buffon
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker alexander wilson
A Tenderfoot Meets Some Natives
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS
An American Perfume john james audubon
Portrait of a Friend henry david thoreau
No Pride of Ancestry and No Hope of Posterity
CLARENCE KING
A Companion in Solitude john muir
Tomcat Past His Prime colette
Sea Otters and Civilization
ERNEST THOMPSON SETON
A Modern Primitive anonymous

SECTION TWO:HUNTERS AND SPORTSMEN

The Heroes Go Hunting homer; virgil
Sportsman's Vocabulary dame juliana berners
The Harmonious Hound gervase markham
Fisherman's Defense izaak walton
Country Squire anthony cooper
Sir Roger Spares a Rabbit joseph addison
The Fox Hunt george berkeley
Connecticut Wolf Hunt david humphreys
The Eskimo and the Seal thomas pennant
Poaching as a Way of Life gilbert white
The Man in the Coonskin Hat david crockett
Cockneys Afield charles dickens
Sport on the Plantation john james audubon
Leviathan herman melville
Crocodile Tears paul du chaillu
Slaughter of the Elephant Seal
CHARLES M. SCAMMON
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright the hon. james inglis
Shooting Elephants for Fun
FREDERICK COURTENEY SELOUS
Slaughter of the Innocents john burroughs
Give a Cat a Bad Name theodore roosevelt
The Wilds Without Firearms enos a. mills
Set a Seal to Catch a Seal vilhjalmur stefansson
Mark Twain in Eruption samuel stevens hood
Death of a Rabbit william f. mc dermott

SECTION THREE:THE WIDE WIDE WORLD

Holy Cats herodotus
Natural History Notes of a Practicing Pirate
WILLIAM DAMPIER
A French View of the Rattlesnake
MICHEL DE CREVECOEUR
William Bartram Meets the Alligator
WILLIAM BARTRAM
Humboldt in South America
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT
Why the Sloth Is Slothful charles waterton
The Great Beast of the Plains francis parkman
Meditation on a Tortoise herman melville
The River and the Jungle henry walter bates
The Old Man of the Woods
ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE
The Communist Achievement thomas belt
Far Away and Long Ago h. hudson
Sheep Without Shepherds ^ john muir

SECTION FOUR:CRUELTY AND FELLOW FEELING

Man's Best Friend homer
The Little Brothers of St. Francis anonymous
No Pets Permitted william of wykeham
Mr. Pepys Is Not Amused anonymous; samuel pepys
Sweet Reason michel de montaigne
Fellow Creature or Machine jean de la fontaine
"Nature's Children All Divide Her Care" john ray
An Eighteenth-Century Humanitarian
ALEXANDER POPE
Merry England harleian manuscripts;
WEEKLY JOURNAL
Cruel Curiosity samuel johnson
Two Poets william cowper;
CHRISTOPHER SMART
Sentimental Journey laurence sterne
The Bullfight Lingers On captain basil hall
Walden Neighbors henry david thoreau
Lighter Side of a Philosopher john bowring
"The Grass-Lark" lafcadio hearn
Jungle Pet william beebe
A Short Life but a Full One gustav eckstein
The Friendly Wolf M lois crisler

SECTION FIVE:LEGENDS, FANTASIES, AND FICTIONS

Chasser la Nature the panchatantra
The Scandalous Behavior of Zeus lucian
The Golden Ass lucius apuleius
Preacher's Vade Mecuni anonymous
The Magpie Who Talked Too Much
THE KNIGHT DE LA TOUR LANDRY
Unnatural History michel de montaigne;robert burton; helen waddell
A Witch's Familiar joseph addison
What Is a Long Life? benjamin franklin
Does a Cat Lay Eggs? hester lynch piozzi
Dangerous Woman theqphile gautier
Unhappy Ending alphonse daudet
Why the Coyote Is So Smart stephen powers
By the Great Grey-Green Greasy Limpopo
RUDYARD KIPLING
On Choosing Your Grandfather clarence day
With a Grain of Salt henry moses; colette

SECTION SIX:FROM ARISTOTLE TO DARWIN TO?

"The Master of Those Who Know" aristotle
The Credulous Roman pliny the elder
The Wonders of Instinct michel de montaigne
Vulgar Errors sir thomas browne
John Ray and Two Unsolved Problems john ray
A Sage Is Not Impressed; Darwin's Grandfather Is james boswell; erasmus darwin
Born Again oliver goldsmith
Poor Relation james burnett, lord monboddo
The Watchmaker and the Watch william paley
Charles Darwin Is Puzzled charles darwin
The Darwinian Revolution charles darwin
Not Quite Everyone Was Convinced
ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE
This Simian World ralph linton
The Rebirth of Wonder loren eiseley

SECTION SEVEN:DESTRUCTION AND CONSERVATION

And Then There Were None John james audubon
An Island Eden charles darwin
Progress in Concord henrydavid thoreau
Genocide buffalo bill cody
One Bird Less on Martha's Vineyard
ARTHUR BEETLE HOUGH
No Use for a Gun john steinbeck
How to Become Extinct M will cuppy
"How Careful of the Type She Seems . . ."
LEWIS WAYNE WALKER
Conservation Is Not Enough joseph wood krutch

SECTION EIGHT:HEAD AND HEART

Reflections on a Tortoise gilbert white
New England Birds wilson flagg
Pigeons on the Grass richard jefferies
Sociable Hermit john burroughs
Defenseless but Happy dallas lore sharp
The Love Life of the Bee maurice maeterlinck
La Ci Darem La Mano jean henri fabre
The Rapture of the Bird sir julian huxley
He Made So Many of Them john kieran
Jungle Night lourus j. and margery j. milne
The Newest Marvels of the Bee rutherford platt
He Made So Many of Them john kieran
Jungle Night lourus j. and margery j. milne
The Newest Marvels of the Bee rutherford platt

Subject Categories

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