Remembering James Herriot

By Jessica Shaw
March 10, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

All Creatures Great and Small

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Remembering James Herriot

“There are far better books than mine sitting in drawers somewhere,” James Herriot once said, humbly, of his internationally beloved works. Clearly, fans would not agree. Herriot, 78, who died of cancer on Feb. 23 in Yorkshire, England, was a best-selling author many times over. His novels, such as his first, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Lord God Made Them All, were the kind of smartly sentimental animal tales that could make even the most staunch urbanite head for the country. Herriot’s insight into the animal kingdom came firsthand. Born James Alfred Wight in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1916, Herriot was a trained veterinarian at 24, but he was 53 before he began to mine his notebooks for All Creatures Great and Small. Seventeen books later, he remains the top-selling author of St. Martin’s Press, with more than 60 million copies of his books in print (James Herriot’s Cat Stories has been on the New York Times best-seller list since its September 1994 publication). ”We have published him from word one,” says Tom McCormack, chairman of St. Martin’s Press and Herriot’s editor. ”James’ unique blend of warmth and joy and skill made him perhaps the most personally beloved storyteller of his time.”

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