Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (born September 13, 1931) is an American author. She has published fiction and non-fiction books and articles on animal behavior, Paleolithic life, and the !Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.
Thomas is the daughter of anthropologist Lorna Marshall and Laurence K. Marshall, co-founder of the Raytheon Corporation, and the sister of ethnographic filmmaker John Marshall. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Abbot Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After beginning undergraduate studies at Smith College, Thomas took a break to travel in Africa with her family and later completed a degree in English from Radcliffe College. Between 1950 and 1956, she took part in three expeditions to live with and study the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung Bushmen) of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia and Botswana. During these trips, Thomas kept a journal which she later drew on when writing her first book, The Harmless People. She later drew on this experience in her fiction, depicting the life of paleolithic hunter gatherers in the novels Reindeer Moon and The Animal Wife
A popular success and New York Times bestseller, her book The Hidden Life of Dogs also drew criticism from some in the scientific and dog training communities for Thomas' observational methods and analysis. Thomas wrote a follow-up book, The Social Life of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company, as well as books on feline and deer behavior. She also contributes, along with Sy Montgomery, to a column called "Tamed/Untamed" in the Boston Globe.
Ms. Thomas has long made her home in Peterborough, NH. With proceeds from her bestselling book about dogs, she donated land for Peterborough's first town beach at Cunningham Pond, where canines of town residents are always welcome. She served on the town's Select Board for 15 years.
- The Harmless People (1959), ISBN 978-0394427799. Revised edition (1989), Vintage Books, ISBN 978-0679724469
- Warrior Herdsmen (1965), Secker & Warburg, ASIN B0000CMXZI
- The Old Way: A Story of the First People (2006) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0374225520
Ethology and animal culture
- The Hidden Life of Dogs (1993), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0395669587
- The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture (1994), Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671799656
- The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company (2000), Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0684810263
- The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World (2009), Harper, ISBN 978-0061792106
- A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed (2013), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 978-0547763958
- Reindeer Moon (1987), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0395421123
- The Animal Wife (1990), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0395524534
- Certain Poor Shepherds: A Christmas Tale (1996), Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0684833132
- Reiten, Linda. "Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall". Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
- McCarthy, Susan (June 27, 2000). "Elizabeth Marshall Thomas". Salon.com. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall (1989). The harmless people (Rev. ed., 2nd Vintage Books ed.). New York: Vintage Books. pp. 'About the Author'. ISBN 067972446X.
- 'Reindeer Moon', Review, Publisher's Weekly, (1986(
- Polly Devlin, Book Review: Absolutely mad about barking: 'The Hidden Life of Dogs', The Guardian, 21 May 1994
- Adler, Jerry; Teresa Namuth (1 November 1993). "The (secret) world of dogs". Newsweek. 122 (18).
- Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Literati.net
- Interview with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Mother Nature Network
- Salon.com people | Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
- Socializing Humans
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