Wilderness Man The Strange Story Of Grey Owl.
Macmillan of Canada.
8vo. 9.5 x 6.5 inches. [xvi] + 283 pp. Bound in original cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has chips at head and tail of spine. Board edges sunned, but otherwise a very good copy. Gift inscription at head of title. Illustrated by 16 pages of black and white photographic plates and by two maps, one double page. The biography of Archibald Belaney of Hastings (1888-1938), who assumed the identity of a native American later calling himself Grey Owl. Emigrating to Canada, he was originally a fur trapper who became an ardent wilderness conservationist, especially of the beaver. He married, or had relationships with, several indigenous women and worked for the national parks service. In the inter-war years his writings as Grey Owl made him an international celebrity, but his health declined (he had received a war injury leading to his discharge as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force) due to alcoholism. When his true identity was revealed after his death, his standing plummeted, but in more recent years his reputation as a conservationist has been re-established and his writings republished. Lovat Dickson (1902-87) was an Australian born writer, publisher and biographer, who became a friend of Grey Owl in the thirties. Dickson published his work, Pilgrims of the Wild and arranged promotional tours for him in England. His first biography of Grey Owl appeared in 1939.
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