Harriss, R.P. [Robert Preston]
Title The Foxes
Book Condition Very Good in Very Good dj
Edition First Edition
Publisher Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1936
Seller ID 18796
[solid copy with almost no actual wear, but some unfortunate spotting/staining to top page edges (interior of book is completely unaffected, however); jacket lightly scuffed, closed tears and associated horizontal crease across top of front panel, small chip at top rear joint]. "A unique and beautiful novel built around the life -- animal and human -- of a Southern plantation." Ostensibly about fox-hunting -- the jacket copy lauds the hunting scenes as "thrilling beyond description," and touts the book's qualities as a "sporting book" -- but in fact it's much more about the animals themselves, and the passage of the seasons on the decaying plantation. Although both the hounds and the foxes are personalized (the latter in particular followed from the time they are cubs), and numerous other animal "characters" are given names (Gutch, Nip, Blaze, Gyp, etc.), they are not anthropomorphized in some cutesy quasi-Disney manner. Less important in the overall narrative, but still of note, is the depiction of the relationship between the plantation's African-American residents and the white owner, called only "the Captain." The only novel by this author, a longtime Baltimore newspaper columnist and editorial writer, and quite scarce.
Animals The South Plantation Life African American