Eleanor Atkinson Greyfriars Bobby

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Greyfriars Bobby

 
9781484119341: Greyfriars Bobby

The famous true story of a devoted dog.

Although first published in 1912, Greyfriars Bobby is still in print and widely read all over the world. The story is about the little Skye terrier, who kept vigil over his master's grave from 1858 to 1872 in Greyfriars kirkyard in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Greyfriars Bobby was made into a Disney film of the same name in 1960.

Bobby, a sparky silver haired Skye terrier, adopts Auld Jock, a worn out simple shepherd, as his master. Jock is 'let go' by the farmer and dies in poverty having suffered one winter too many. The farmer tries to reclaim Bobby as a pet for his daughter but the dog owes allegiance only to Auld Jock, guarding his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. His devotion changes the lives of those around him and ultimately the conditions of the poor in Edinburgh. Bobby's loyalty is eventually rewarded and he becomes a famous dog indeed! This story will capture and uplift the hearts of every listener.

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Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson (1863–1942) was an American author, journalist and teacher. She was born Eleanor Stackhouse in Rensselaer, Indiana, and later married Francis Blake Atkinson, himself also an author. She taught in schools in both Indianapolis and Chicago. She wrote for the Chicago Tribune under the pseudonym "Nora Marks" during the late 1890s, and later became publisher of the Little Chronicle Publishing Company, Chicago; this published several of her own works, along with other educational books and the Little Chronicle, an illustrated newspaper intended for young children. Whilst she wrote both fiction and non-fiction, the former mostly romances and the latter mostly educational books, she is best known for her 1912 novel Greyfriars Bobby. This popular work recounted the famous story of the eponymous dog; most of the modern versions of the story seem to stem from her form of the tale. Many details of the book, especially those regarding the dog's master are inaccurate; until recently it was assumed that she had no opportunity for original research of her setting. It seems likely that she worked from the basic story and embellished it from her own imagination. The story, however, is lovingly detailed; the descriptions of the geography may be somewhat confused, but effort was clearly made to get names correct, and to get across the atmosphere of the city. The book is often considered a classic, especially for children, and has been reprinted several times; it was the basis for the films Challenge to Lassie (MGM, 1949) and Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (Disney, 1961), although both of these postdated her death.

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