copyright 1960; Pantheon Books publishers, New York; hardbound; wonderful black and white photos; green boards with gilt design and lettering; very good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
Born Free is a book by Joy Adamson. Released in 1960 by Pantheon Books, it describes Adamson's experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa. It was translated into several languages, and made into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name.
There have been many accounts of the return to the wild of tame animals, but since its original publication in 1960, when The New York Times hailed it as a "fascinating and remarkable book," Born Free has stood alone in its power to move us.
Joy Adamson's story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds. Especially now, at a time when the sanctity of the wild and its inhabitants is increasingly threatened by human development and natural disaster, Adamson's remarkable tale is an idyll, and a model, to return to again and again.
Illustrated with the same beautiful, evocative photographs that first enchanted the world forty years ago and updated with a new introduction by George Page, former host and executive editor of the PBS series Nature and author of Inside the Animal Mind, this anniversary edition introduces to a new generation one of the most heartwarming associations between man and animal.