Joy Adamson Julian Huxley

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Julian Huxley

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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I found [Living Free] an absorbing story. First, because it gives the reader the genuine feeling of the African bush. (p. xxii)

But that, fascinating though it is, is only a background for the story, only the stage on which the protagonists live out their parts. The main interest of the book lies in its account of the psychological development of Elsa and her family. (p. xxiii).

[Most] remarkable of all is … the fact that a human being had succeeded in eliciting in a lioness a psychological organization which basically resembled a human personality. And that in consequence the lioness was enabled to lead a second life, based on friendly human relations, in addition to a normal animal life in the wild.

All in all, Living Free is a remarkable story, as extraordinary as Born Free, and in many ways more interesting. (p. xxv)

Julian Huxley, in his introduction to Living Free by Joy Adamson (copyright 1961 by Joy Adamson; reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.; in Canada by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.), Harcourt, 1961, pp. xxi-xxv.