Lecture: Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”?

Big Read Lecture Flyer - Was Jack London a Nature FakerThe Henry Ford – Benson Ford Research Center Conference Room
Thursday, March 27, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the next upcoming lecture, Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”?
John Burroughs, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Nature Faker Controversy.
It will be held at The Henry Ford in the Benson Ford Research Center (Conference Room on the first floor) on Thursday, March 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Americans’ increasing interest in nature by the early 20th century led to the publishing of several new animal stories, including Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Enter renowned naturalist John Burroughs, who attacked these stories as unscientific and their authors as ill-informed “nature fakers.” Eventually, even President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in the controversy. What were the points of view presented by each of these people? Which side of the controversy would you take? A discussion will follow this talk by Donna R. Braden, Curator of Public Life at The Henry Ford.