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Lady into Fox (Collins Library) [Hardcover]

By David Garnett, R. A. Garnett (Illustrator) & Paul Collins (Editor)
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The latest lost classic from the Collins Library: David Garnett's haunting 1922 debut novel, the story of a man, a woman, a fox, and a love that could not be tamed. Hardcover, bound in foxy orange cloth, and illustrated with woodcuts by Garnett's wife.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   78
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 2, 2004
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416056  
ISBN13  9781932416053  

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More About David Garnett, R. A. Garnett & Paul Collins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David is an educator, retired from working with the US Marine Corps. While working at the Marine Corps Institute (MCI), he introduced critical thinking to the officer and enlisted military professional education distance learning programs. Later, he also developed and field tested a critical thinking course, using this volume as a foundation, for a privately-run summer education program. The students involved in the field test were from middle and high school. He has other volumes in this series including "'Snipp, Snapp, Snute saa er eventyret ute' - Folklore Reader and Critical Thinking Workbook," "Critical Thinking and Standards of Learning," and Critical Thinking and "r"eligious literature."

David Garnett was born in 1892 and died in 1981.

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Bizarre  Apr 28, 2008
David Garnett (1892-1981) was a British writer and publisher who received literary recognition when his novel Lady into Fox was awarded the 1922 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

This particular work is as enigmatic as its writer and this particular reviewer failed to understand the work. The plot is simple enough: Sylvia, the 24-year-old wife of Richard Tebrick, suddenly turns into a fox while they are out walking in the woods. The rest of the story is the tale of Richard dealing with the transformation and his struggle to accept his wife's ego as she slowly loses her humanity to the fox form she inhabits.

Is the story a morality play? Fictional essay? Eccentric novella? The last gasp of scandalous English yellow literature? Each reader will have to judge for his or her own.
Nothing worse than knowing exactly how a book is going to end in the first 10 pages  Aug 8, 2007
Originally published in 1922 and out of print for years, *Lady into Fox* by David Garnett has recently been republished by McSweeneys in a beautiful jacket-less hardcover. It is illustrated with wonderful woodcuts by R.A. Garnett. It is a well written novella with a fanciful tone.

This is the story of Mr. Tebrick and his wife who, in the first few pages, turns into a fox. Mr. Tebrick, though taken aback by his wife's new condition, still loves his wife even through her adulterous affair with another fox and her [...] kits from this affair. Even more complicating the story is that they live an area of England where fox hunting is a daily pastime - one that Mr. Tebrick has enjoyed on many an occasion in the past.

So, why, you ask, did I only give this book 3 stars? Unfortunately, I knew exactly where the book was going and exactly how it was going to end within a few pages of Mrs. Tebrick's transformation into a fox; and, the story played out as I expected leaving me no joy in the discovery, no surprises, no pleasure in the reading.

This doesn't mean that others won't enjoy *Lady into Fox*, only that I didn't even though this a nicely packaged and well written book.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
Truly unique and enthusiastically recommended  May 15, 2007
This book is astonishing, and I do not believe I've ever read anything quite like it.

By some strange accident, Mr. Tebrick's beloved wife is transformed into a fox, yet with her intelligence and personality intact. Garnett depicts the reactions of husband and wife to this event with incredible psychological depth and realism. The husband is beside himself, but is primarily concerned for his wife's safety, shooting his furious dogs and sending away the servants. His wife is heartbroken, and desperately tries to avoid walking on all fours or appearing unclothed, and the couple attempt to live their lives as normally as possible; the husband plays waltzes for his vixen, they take tea together, and even play cards!

As time passes, Mrs. Tebrick becomes more at home in the body and mind of a fox, and her husband's whole concept of the boundaries between man and nature is repeatedly shattered as his beloved wife devours her pet dove, runs and plays like a normal fox, and yearns to kiss him with her muzzle still stained with blood from a "savagely" killed small animal.

Mr. Tebrick is trapped in an excruciating tug of war between the world of men and nature as he confronts his wife's "adultery" and "bestiality" with a dog-fox, yet finds his greatest happiness in playing with his wife's kits, and his wife, who delights in his company and his attention to her offspring, even though she now prefers to chew playing cards rather than use then in human fashion.

Sadly, Mr. Tebrick's unshakable love for his wife and his litter of godchildren causes even greater suffering, since as a human he is hideously aware of the dangers that await his family during the coming hunting season, and how tenuous their short moments of happiness are.

Truly a remarkable study of the close kinship we have with animals, and the ways our abstract intelligence and imagination will always keep us at a distance from their world. It is also an incredibly moving love story.
Lovely and enchanting...  Aug 18, 2004
Lady Into Fox, by David Garnett, harkens back to the early Twentieth Century when book covers (one of the best things about this book) were deliciously simple and the real treat was contained in the pagese between them. Also enchanting are the wood engravings that illustrate the book. Originally published in 1922 and out of print since 1966, McSweeney's brings this classic tale of transformation and unrecognizable self back to the forefront of literature. This opulent tale will surely be talked about and enjoyed for years to come. This is a great gift.

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