The Sentimentalist: Science and Nature in the Writing of H.U. Green, a.k.a. Tony Lascelles

H.U. Green was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and, as Tony Lascelles, an occasional nature writer when he met Grey Owl in 1931. Together they penned "A Philosophy of the Wild," the only collaborative work either would ever write, and Green's career as a nature writer blossomed. Green's unique background soon landed him a job at Banff National Park as "special warden," a sort of naturalist-in-residence. As his naturalist career was reaching its height, he dropped the Lascelles persona forever and sought instead to become accepted, as H.U. Green, for his scientific work. His lack of formal scientific training meant that he was moving against the tide of federal wildlife management, however, and he became embattled in the late 1940s with the scientists of the new Canadian Wildlife Service. The literary career of H.U. Green traces the ascending role of science in the first half of the twentieth century, as demonstrated in both nature writing and wildlife management. As Lascelles, Green used science to provide a deeper, more detailed portrait of nature. Ecological science taught him the interconnectedness of all nature, which suggested the need to leave nature alone. At Banff, as Green, he faced the professionalization of scientific authority, and responded by seeking that authority for himself. He adopted in his writing a much more scientific tone and, notably, called for a much more interventionist style of wildlife management.