the goshawk by t h white
the goshawk by t h white
the goshawk by t h white
the goshawk by t h white
the goshawk by t h white
the goshawk by t h white

The Goshawk by T. H. White

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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1951. First American Edition. Hardcover. 215 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $3.50 dust jacket with minimal wear. Minor damp stain to front cover board. Previous owner address rubber stamped onto the front free endpaper. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


If any fresh evidence of the versatility and creative vigor of the author of The Sword in The Stone were necessary, this book would supply it, just as it will delight his thousands of American readers. Nor will the subject come as too much of a surprise to readers of the author's Arthurian legends: Falconry has long fascinated Mr. White.

The goshawk is a short-winged powerful hawk, considered by many falconers, both medieval and modern, as perhaps the finest and most courageous of hunters. This book is the day-to-day record of Mr. White's efforts to train one of these birds. Mr. White's Gos was, characteristically, a proud, aloof and aristocratic hunter and the secret of his training lay in Mr. White's establishing himself in Gos' eyes as an equal. It was a long, painful and emotionally wearing experience and involved the author's staying up night after night, talking to the hawk, crooning to him, reciting Shakespeare, until the hawk came to recognize his master as his peer in strength and stamina. All the while, he could never look at the hawk directly.

The slow, wearing, intricate process is recorded here in detail. The small triumphs and disappointments — the moment when Gos first perched on his master's wrist; the moment when Gos took food from his fingers; and the tragic moment when, by mischance, all the work was undone and the procedure had to be gone through again.

Through T. H. White's artistry this all assumes the aspect of a struggle between two determined adversaries.

The English press has been ecstatic in its praise of Mr. White's diverting and unique chronicle of his adventures as an austringer (a trainer of short-winged hawks).

". . . an extraordinarily exciting account. ... Readers of Mr. White's novels will know how well he writes, in sturdy prose backed by a poet's imagination. . . . His book is unforgettably interesting." —Punch

"None but an accomplished writer could succeed in such a treatment of such a theme. Mr. White makes literature of it. . . . It has sustained eloquence, and a decorative quality, not of mere ornament, but of pattern and structure." —London Sunday Times Literary Supplement

". . . an ornithological Moby Dick." —Books of Today {London)

"I wish to make it clear that this is a masterpiece." — The London Telegraph "Mr. White writes like an angel." —The London Observer


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