Archibald Stansfeld Belaney

(1888—1938) impostor and conservationist

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(1888–1938). When Grey Owl—the famous trapper, writer, and lecturer—died suddenly in his fiftieth year in Saskatchewan, few were aware that he had no Amerindian blood but was in fact an Englishman named Archibald Stansfeld Belaney. Two elderly maiden ladies of extreme gentility and unquestionable veracity, living in Hastings, England, confirmed that Grey Owl was their nephew Archie, whom they had brought up, and who had gone to Canada as soon as he left school. When the full story of his life became known, the character that surfaced was far more interesting than the Thoreau-like naturalist and writer who occasionally emerged from the Canadian woods to give lectures and assist in the promotion of his books.


From The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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