Joy Adamson

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Joy Adamson


Born
in Opava/Troppau, Czech Republic
January 20, 1910

Died
January 03, 1980

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Joy Adamson (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 good in me." Adamson considered car ...more

Average rating: 4.16 · 29,884 ratings · 253 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
Born Free: A Lioness of Two...

4.16 avg rating — 27,625 ratings — published 1960 — 61 editions
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Living Free, Abridged Edition

4.14 avg rating — 1,155 ratings — published 1961 — 11 editions
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Forever Free: Elsa's Pride ...

4.08 avg rating — 533 ratings — published 1962 — 6 editions
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The Spotted Sphinx

4.31 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1969 — 8 editions
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Pippa's Challenge

4.22 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 1972 — 4 editions
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Queen of Shaba: The Story o...

4.10 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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Born Free: The Full Story

4.14 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1966 — 4 editions
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Pippa, The Cheetah, And Her...

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Living Free

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Friends from the Forest

3.88 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1981
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Born Free: A Lioness of Two... Living Free, Abridged Edition 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

“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

“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

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