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John Taintor Foote

John Taintor Foote (1881 - 1950) was born in Colorado, and trained as an artist, though it was with words that he made his name. He tried for a year to make his living as an illustrator, but only had success once he switched to writing. He submitted short stories to magazines; one, Tres Joli, was first published in The American Magazine in 1912. A collection of his short stories about Blister Jones was accepted immediately he submitted it to a publisher, and Blister Jones was published in 1913. The Hoofbeats collection also features stories about the character. His horse stories were a relatively small part of his output; he wrote several books about dogs, as well as some on fishing.


John Taintor Foote was also a successful playwright and screenwriter. His play Toby’s Bow had a season’s run on Broadway. Towards the end of his life he wrote film scripts, including that for The Story of Seabiscuit and the 1940 version of The Mark of Zorro.


Finding the books: Hoofbeats and The Look of Eagles are both reasonably easy to find. Blister Jones is now out of copyright, so can be found as a new paperback from a variety of publishers, and also on Google books, to be read for free.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Dustjacket of Hoofbeats

John Taintor Foote on IMDB

Thanks to Alison MacCallum and Susan Bourgeau for information and photographs of the author




Bibliography - horse books only

Blister Jones

Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1913, Indianapolis, 324 pp, illus Jay Hambridge

Available to read on Google here.

The Look of Eagles

D Appleton & Co, New York, 1916, 71 pp, frontis G Morris

J A Allen & Co, London, 1969, 86 pp, illus Peter Biegel



A tale of an old man and his chance to choose and train a winning colt to train to race who has the
Look of Eagles.

Hoofbeats

Appleton-Century-Crofts, New York, 1950, 243 pp, illus Milton Weiler

Grosset & Dunlap, Famous Horse Series

Short Stories


C W Anderson’s Favorite Horse Stories

Dutton, New York, 1967, illus C W Anderson


Contains at least one story by John Taintor Foote