John Fowles wrote The Tree in close cooperation with Frank Horvat, who not only contributed a preface, but also a wonderful collection of photographs of trees that support the arguments presented in Fowles’s text. Similar to other Fowles works, for instance Shipwreck (1974) or Islands (1978), The Tree thus draws substantially on the dialogue between words and images and emphasizes the importance of visuality for any critique of Fowles’s oeuvre (see Vieth). It is therefore with some caution that one should approach editions of this text that do not include the original photographs.

The Tree consists of four parts: the first concentrates on Fowles’s childhood and in particular on his father’s view of gardening; in the second Fowles moves from comments about systems of biological

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Citation: Bayer, Gerd. "The Tree". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2009 [, accessed 08 December 2023.]

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