The Literary Horizon: Lady into Fox, His Monkey Wife

When I select books from my reading list to be featured on The Literary Horizon, I usually try to find books that are at least semi-related, perhaps by topic or, at the very least, genre. But scanning over my reading list last night, I discovered two books seemingly destined to be read in context of each other–published within eight years of each other in the 1920s and 1930s and both on the subject of female animals attempting to fit into human society. In one, a wife’s sudden transformation into an animal is merely the beginning of her increasing distance from her husband; in the other, an erudite chimpanzee takes it upon herself to save her beloved owner from his fiancée–whether he wishes it or not. As you can imagine, I was quite pleased with this coincidence.

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