Edward Shenton lived the greater part of his life in the country and drew from rural and outdoor scenes around his farm in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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"He was a pretty young barrow fat from a diet of milk and my petunias... he pranced to the front yard... eating my fourth planting of petunias. I picked up my gun, stepped to the petunia bed and shot him dead where he fell."

from Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1942

'"Look at the Ewe', I said, 'She has only her nose, her hoofs, and of course her iron will. But she is able to get out of ANY fence we can devise with the greatest of ease."

from The Green Year by Barbara Webster, 1956

"Then the buck was there...already running...slanting away in that first soaring bound! The antlers...looking like a small chair balanced on his head.

from Big Woods by William Faulkner, 1955

"For bears they be common being a black kind of bear, which be most firece in strawberry time... they will go upright like a man, and climb trees."

Quote from New England's Prospect by William Wood, 1639 from Country Matters by Barbara Webster, 1959

"Darkness came to the lilly pads, and the water blackened. The whooping cranes were whiter than any clouds... white oleander. Without warning they took flight... and made a circle against the sunset."

from The Yearling by Margerie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938

"The duckling had fallen through a hole in the barn floor. For a month he had lived in a box at the house, taped to a splint to mend his broken back. Today he escaped and made his way slowly back to the barn."

from Color of the Country by Barbara Webster, 1947

"I came on Merrill halfway down a big sycamore tree. My husband, Ed, picked him up and he sat quietly on his palm, making no move to escape... now he was our squirrel. "

from Creatures and Contentments by Barbara Webster, 1965

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