The Plumed Serpent
Publication Date: June 2, 1992
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The story of a European woman's self-annihilating plunge into the intrigues, passions, and pagan rituals of Mexico. Lawrence's mesmerizing and unsettling 1926 novel is his great work of the political imagination.
Born in 1933, Bill York had to wait until he was sixteen years old (an eternity to him) before he could pursue his lifelong dream of hunting on the African continent. After graduating from school two years early and with the support of his uncle, Bill headed to the Sudan to hunt elephant. After two years of roaming through the southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Belgian Congo, York returned to the U.K. to serve his mandatory two years in the British army. His service fulfilled, he again took up residence in Africa, where he did police work for a while. Later, he became licensed as a professional hunter and sometimes mercenary in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Italian Somaliland, and the Belgian Congo. In 1968 he left Africa when he realized the "new" Kenya was not for him and moved to America, where he became the wildlife director for a chain of wild animal parks. A self-proclaimed "frustrated" historian, later York made his home in Grant's Pass, Oregon, with his wife, Petrina, but he never missed a chance to return to Africa to study its peoples and visit the scenes of his early life. Bill York passed away in his sleep 12 November 2002.