Dark Romance of Dian Fossey

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Without scientific training but with abundant determination, Dian Fossey persuaded the eminent Louis Leakey to send her to Africa to study the last remaining mountain gorillas.

Fossey, always extreme, was what you call "hands on." She virtually lived with the gorillas, slowly earning their trust. However, the closer to anthropoids, the farther from humans. More militant each year, she antagonized friends and earned enemies. In the end they killed her.

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Overview

Without scientific training but with abundant determination, Dian Fossey persuaded the eminent Louis Leakey to send her to Africa to study the last remaining mountain gorillas.

Fossey, always extreme, was what you call "hands on." She virtually lived with the gorillas, slowly earning their trust. However, the closer to anthropoids, the farther from humans. More militant each year, she antagonized friends and earned enemies. In the end they killed her.

"Only the author's disciplined research, compassionate heart and inspired prose could have made us understand how one woman saved the animals that she loved so much." --Diane McMeekin, African Wildlife Foundation

Harold Hayes, the former editor-in-chief of Esquire, uses the mystery of Dian Fossey's murder to tell the astonishing story of her remarkable life and complex, tenacious personality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This portrait of Fossey, whose avid protection of mountain gorillas led to conflicts with poachers and possibly to her mysterious murder, also describes her acquaintance with Louis Leakey and her unsuccessful love affairs. Photos. (July)no PW review
Library Journal
Hayes's book, promoted as the first ``completely objective portrait'' of Fossey, provides some new details on her life but has a rather offensive emphasis on her emotional and sexual history. Moreover, Hayes, who died in 1989 and was the author of the African memoir The Last Place on Earth ( LJ 4/15/77), pays little attention to the gorillas themselves. Fossey's own Gorillas in the Mist ( LJ 5/15/83) remains the best account of her obsessive and tragic devotion to the gorillas. Still, this book and Farley Mowat's Woman of the Mist ( LJ 10/15/87), which also describes Fossey's passionate nature, her unorthodox methods of protecting the gorillas, and her murder by an unknown assailant, will be good secondary sources for patrons who want to know more about this fascinating figure. Literary Guild alternate.-- Beth Clewis, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671742317
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/25/1991

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