Harriet Ritvo is a world authority on the history of animals and a pioneer in the important developing field of animal studies. A number of these essays are classics. Taken together, they reveal an author at the height of her intellectual and interpretive powers.
(Janet Browne, Harvard University, author of Darwin’s "Origin of Species": A Biography
No single scholar has so profoundly shaped our understanding of the significance of animals in human history as has Harriet Ritvo. Reading the works in this collection, which repeatedly demonstrate her exceptional skills as both a historical investigator and strikingly creative and compelling writer, I found myself quite simply marveling at her range and facility.
(Nigel Rothfels, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo
About the Author
Hariet Ritvo is Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author, most recently, of The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism.