The Fox

The Fox

Another post, another vintage book cover!

This timeless, stunningly beautiful Illustration is taken from a Bantam Books edition of D. H. Lawrence’s Novella “The Fox” – though the artwork was originally produced for the 1967 movie adaption starring Kier Dullea, an actor most famously known for playing a certain Dave Bowman… so there’s your Sci-Fi connection!.

D. H. Lawrence’s story of sexual identity center’s around a female couple struggling to run an isolated farmstead with it’s small chicken population under the constant shadow of a raiding fox. The couples life is then disrupted further with the return of Paul, who used to live and work on the farm, and his offer to help out and put things straight… One of the film’s tag lines is “The Fox … symbol of the male”

Though I haven’t read the book I have seen the screen adaption which I’m guessing these days would rank as fairly hard-to-find, it’s  a great film, low-key and very subtle with chilling winter cinematography.

Not a sniff of an original trailer anywhere to be found, so here’s a link straight to as always look out for spoilers!!

Just for the record, I’ll add that this probably one of my favourite pieces of Graphic Art ever – In fact I’m lucky enough to own an original version of the UK Movie Poster – as for the artist or (artist’s I should say) I’m pretty certain it’s Leo & Diane Dillon – but I need to dig out the poster and confirm!

9 thoughts on “The Fox”

  1. There’s a signature next to the trees, although I can’t quite read it in any of the scans I found.

    Still, with some squinting and googling, I’m guessing L & D Dillon (Leo & Diane)

    I think the cover for A Stag At Large on that page is a good match for the style.

    Also, see the description here.

  2. It is really exquisite. The colours and overall composition seem to match the story well, and the type is wonderful. Any more information about it ?

  3. I’ve always loved the Dillons, and this is a beautiful example of their work. Very smooth and sixties. I like how the whole thing flows, from the type to the hair and the hill.

  4. Ha! Found this at some random NYC street stand in the mid-90’s and bought it because I loved the cover. I ended up loving the story too, and interestingly enough the film version features a young, pre-2001 Keir Dullea.

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