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Rediscoveries: 'The Tree' by John Fowles
Rediscoveries: 'The Tree' by John Fowles

Re-Discoveries An occasional look at classic reissues… The Tree by John Fowles with a new introduction by Barry Lopez (Ecco: 94 pp., $13.99 paper) "The key to my fiction," wrote Fowles in 1979 when this essay was first published, "lies in my relationship with nature — I might almost have said, for reasons I will explain, in trees." "The Tree" is part memoir, part explanation and part warning, one of the most beautiful, succinct and prescient pieces of writing we have. Fowles grew up in a suburb of London. His father was a triumphant controller of what little nature the family possessed — apple and pear trees in the backyard were lovingly...

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