Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Seventy Years Among Savages

by Henry S. Salt (Author)

Seventy Years Among Savages by Henry S. Salt
Title:Seventy Years Among Savages
Publisher:George Allen & Unwin, London
Edition:First Edition


Seventy Years Among Savages is a book of reminiscences, criticising English life and customs from the humanitarian point of view. Henry Salt's autobiography in which “The seventy years spent by me among (friendly) savages form the subject of this story, but not, be it noted, seventy years of consciousness that my life was so cast, for during the first part of my residence in the strange land where I was born, the dreadful reality of my surroundings was hardly suspected by me...” The book deals with incidents which had a real significance on his life.

Contents: (1) The Argument, (2) Where Ignorance Was Bliss, (3) Literæ Inhumaniores, (4) The Discovery, (5) Cannibal's Conscience, (6) Glimpses of Civilization, (7) The Poet-Pioneer, (8) Voices Crying in the Wilderness, (9) A League of Humaness, (10) Twentieth-Century Tortures, (11) Hunnish Sports and Fashions, (12) A Faddist's Divisions, (13) A Faddist's Diversions, (14) Hoof-Marks of the Vandal, (15) The Forlorn Hope, (16) The Cave-Man Re-Emerges, (17) Poety of Death and Love, (18) The Talisman. Index.


Henry Salt's autobiography Seventy Years Among Savages was last published in 1921, he later updated it but it was never published. George Hendrick submitted this revised version for publication to Centaur Press and although there were plans to publish it in 1992 it never materialised. The fact that George Hendrick, who knows Salt's work better than anyone, rates it as one of Salt's most important works gives you some idea of its importance. Hopefully Open Gate Press will decide to publish this book one day.


George Allen & Unwin, London, 1921, 251 pages
T. Seltzer Inc., New York, 1921