White's The Bestiary: A Book of Beasts was the first and, for a time, the only English translation of a medieval bestiary. White provides an excellent appendix that explains how the creatures of the bestiary influenced the development of allegory and symbolism in art and literature.
In 1965, James, a half-English, half-Irish boy, is taken by his mother on a visit home to her Irish village after years of alienation from her family. She is physically and emotionally scarred from a car accident in which James’ little sister was killed. Once home, she decides to leave her husband and stay there. At first traumatized, James finally resigns himself to living there, eventually becoming close to his uncle and his grandmother. His grandmother decides that James should become a priest, and he enters private school and then university to do so, only to lose his faith as he enters adulthood. Through it all, James is deeply embittered at his father’s apparent abandonment. Then, as a young man, he visits his father and discovers that the man has been writing and sending gifts all along and has even paid for James’ education. All of which his mother kept from him. Now furious at both parents, he must try and make sense of his life on his own terms. The story of Seamus (James) Wilberforce Young, is beautifully told, and speaks to the isolation and loss of so many children who find themselves in broken families and must struggle to find their way back to wholeness and hope.
The Book of Beasts by Edith Nesbit with illustrations by H. R. Millar. This edition is a republication of "The Book of Beasts" first published in The Strand Magazine, No. 99 (March 1899). The Book of Beasts is a Dragon Fairy Tale Story by Edith Nesbit in which a young boy named Lionel is made King and discovers a very peculiar book in the Palace library. When Lionel opens the book, out of the pages fly a Butterfly and a Blue Bird of Paradise! But when he opens the book again, he releases a terrible Red Dragon.
Possessing extraordinary powers, including the ability to bring artwork to life, twelve-year-old twin Matt Calder must find a way to return from the Middle Ages and prevent his father from taking control of the beasts of Hollow Earth.
"This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, from May 14 to August 18, 2019."