Wild Heart: The Story of Joy Adamson, Author of Born Free

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Joy Adamson is renowned for her work on behalf of orphaned wild animals and environmental movements. She revolutionized the public’s view of the emotional capacity of animals. She also produced paintings that chronicled the flora and fauna of Africa, and paintings of tribal men and women in traditional clothing. But she is best known as the author of Born Free, the story of Elsa, the lion cub she tamed and raised and eventually released into the wild. Anne E. Neimark’s biography tells the dramatic story of the ...

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Overview

Joy Adamson is renowned for her work on behalf of orphaned wild animals and environmental movements. She revolutionized the public’s view of the emotional capacity of animals. She also produced paintings that chronicled the flora and fauna of Africa, and paintings of tribal men and women in traditional clothing. But she is best known as the author of Born Free, the story of Elsa, the lion cub she tamed and raised and eventually released into the wild. Anne E. Neimark’s biography tells the dramatic story of the extraordinary adventure of Joy Adamson’s life.

Discusses the life and work of the woman best known for relationship with a lion cub, described in her book "Born Free."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Born Free will likely be disappointed with this cursory view of ethologist Joy Adamson's life and work. The early chapters in this profile of one of the world's most visionary conservationists and animal rights activists gets bogged down in glancing references to her three marriages, extramarital affairs and an abortion. Consequently, Adamson often comes off as a capricious schoolgirl (e.g., after George Adamson, who would become her third husband, tells her he's in love with her, she "could hardly concentrate on the smallest task"). Neimark (Myth Maker: J.R.R. Tolkien) touches on some interesting facts--Adamson's refusal to visit her anti-Semitic stepfather in her native Austria at the dawn of Nazism; her early renown as a botanical artist and her later mistreatment by the Nairobi government, which cheated her of the proceeds from the duplication and sales of her original drawings. But Elsa, the lioness that changed the course of Adamson's career, doesn't enter until over halfway through the volume and merits just three chapters; readers get a fleeting look at the relationship that would spawn several books, a landmark film and Adamson's lifelong commitment to conserving territory for African wildlife. A bibliography reveals that the bulk of the author's resources are Adamson's own writings, but little light is shed here on this extraordinary woman. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9An insightful look at one of the worlds pioneers in wildlife conservation. After a privileged childhood in Austria, a disastrous love affair, and two unsuccessful marriages, Friederike later called Joy Gessner found her calling in a rugged, adventurous life in Africa. With her third husband George Adamson, she shared a love of animals and a safari lifestyle. When he brought her three orphaned lion cubs, one the famous Elsa, Adamsons fascination with big cats became the focus of her life. Income from her books and lectures, plus fund-raising, was used to establish national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and conservation organizations worldwide. Through objective writing, Neimark reveals Adamson as a woman more comfortable with animals than humans, passionate and mercurial by nature, and beloved by many. There is some fictionalized dialogue. A few of Adamsons paintings are included; although they are reproduced in black and white, they clearly indicate her talent as an artist. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
. Adamson is revered as one of the pioneers of the endangered animal movement; Neimark, though capturing much of Adamson's milieu and the events of her life, paints her as a talented, but impulsive, moody woman. Growing up in Austria between world wars, Adamson trained as a pianist and as an artist. At 18, while attending a ball, she is carried off by a masked "apache" who declares, "You are mine." The author burbles: "She felt the strength of his arms and the gritty warmth of his body." That's only one instance where the lack of source notes is keenly felt; readers will have to digest some astonishing information unaided. Although her romantic interlude lasts two years, her lover's identity remains concealed (readers will have to suppose that she knew who he was, even if they don't); Adamson, pregnant and abandoned, has an abortion, becomes a patient of Sigmund Freud, marries twice, and has two miscarriages before meeting her third husband, George Adamson, a gamekeeper in Kenya, who brings home three orphaned lion cubs. The many anecdotes comprising this biography are interesting, but without citations, leave readers unsettled; what is the possible source for Adamson's dramatic death scene following a confrontation with a disgruntled ex-employee? "Blood seeped from her, but she felt no regrets. She had always chosen risk over safety. She would not, even now, be victim to fear." (bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152013684
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne E. Neimark is a renowned author whose reader-friendly approach to writing biographies has allowed many young people to learn about the lives of famous and important people. She is the author of Diego Rivera, Artist of the People and Che! She lives near Chicago.

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