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Book about Frank Buckland

Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by vogelcommando, 5 Dec 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

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    Frank Buckland was a fascinating character.

    I know of two other biographies of Buckland that are well worth reading:-

    • The Life of Frank Buckland (G. C. Bompas; 1886)
    • The Curious World of Frank Buckland (G.H.O. Burgess; 1967)

    Better still, read Frank Buckland's own writings such as:-

    • Notes and Jottings from Animal Life
    • Logbook of a Zoologist and Fisherman
    • Curiosities of Natural History
     
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    As mentioned in my earlier post in this thread, I am familiar with the two previous biographies of Frank Buckland.

    Consequently, I wondered if a third were really necessary. However, having now purchased and partly read the new publication:

    The Man Who Ate the Zoo: Frank Buckland, Forgotten Hero of Natural History (Richard Girling):-

    I must say that I am enjoying it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this eccentric character.

    It is interesting to note that, according to the book's introduction, the author's original intention was to write a biography of Buckland's good friend Abraham Dee Bartlett (Superintendent of London Zoo for almost forty years 1859 - 1897) but as his research progressed he got sidetracked and wrote about Buckland instead.

    I hope that Girling does eventually write a biography of Bartlett too.