Joy Adamson





Joy Adamson

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born
in Opava, Czech Republic
January 20, 1910

died
January 03, 1980

gender
female

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About this author

Joy Adamson (20 January 1910 – 3 January 1980) (born Friederike Victoria Gessner) was a naturalist, artist, and author best known for her book, Born Free, which describes her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa. Born Free was printed in several languages, and made into an Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. In 1977, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. Born to Victor and Traute Gessner in Troppau, Silesia, Austria-Hungary (now Opava, Czech Republic) and was the 2nd of 3 girls. Her father was a wealthy architect. After the divorce, Joy went to live with her grandmother. In her autobiography The Searching Spirit, Adamson wrote about her grandmother, saying, "It is to her I owe anything that may be...more


Average rating: 4.16 · 22,663 ratings · 200 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
Born Free: A Lioness of Two...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 21,151 ratings — published 1960 — 54 editions
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Living Free: Elsa and Her C...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 798 ratings — published 1961 — 9 editions
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Forever Free: Elsa's Pride ...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 359 ratings — published 1962 — 6 editions
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The Spotted Sphinx
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Pippa's Challenge
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Queen of Shaba: The Story o...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1980 — 3 editions
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Pippa, The Cheetah, And Her...
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Friends from the Forest
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1981
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Born Free: The Full Story
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1966 — 3 editions
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Peoples of Kenya
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More books by Joy Adamson…
Born Free: A Lioness of Two... Living Free: Elsa and Her Cubs Forever Free: Elsa's Pride Born Free: The Full Story
Story of Elsa (4 books)
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“It was nearly a week before we returned. We found her waiting, and very hungry. She was full of affection; we had deceived her so often, broken faith with her, done so much to destroy her trust in us, yet she remained loyal.”
Joy Adamson, Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

“Although the release was heartbreaking for the Adamsons, they were mindful that she had been born free.”
Joy Adamson, Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

“When I joined her a few moments later, she licked my arm, embraced me with her paw and hugged me to her wet body. We relaxed after the morning’s excitement. I felt very touched by her gentleness and the care with which she treated my skin and avoided scratching me with claws that only a few minutes ago had been so deadly to the thick skin of a powerful buffalo.”
Joy Adamson, Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

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