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Of wolves and men

Author: Barry Holstun Lopez
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1978.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the wolf and its mythology.
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Folklore
Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Holstun Lopez
ISBN: 0684156245 9780684156248 0684163225 9780684163222
OCLC Number: 3843350
Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I: Canis lupus Linnaeus. Origin and description ; Social structure and communication ; Hunting and territory --
II: And a cloud passes overhead. Amaguk and sacred meat ; A wolf in the heart ; Wolf warriors --III: The beast of waste and desolation. The clamor of justification ; Wolfing for sport ; An American pogrom --
IV: And a wolf shall devour the sun. Out of a medieval mind ; The reach of science ; Searching for the beast --Images from a childhood ; A howling at twilight --
Epilogue: On the raising of wolves and a new ethology.
Responsibility: by Barry Holstun Lopez.

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Whitley Streiber <i>Washington Post</i> Brilliant...a work of intelligence, dedication and beauty, deserving the widest possible attention not only for the sake of wolves but also for the sake of men. Read more...

 
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