Death of the Fox

Death of the Fox is a 1971 historical fiction novel written by George Garrett, the first of three books set within the historical context of Elizabethan England. the novel explores the relationship between Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I of England, and his subsequent fall from royal favour for alleged conspiracy against James I.[1][2][3]

It was the first of 3 books set in this period;[4] all three (Death of the Fox, Entered from the Sun and Succession)[5] were later combined into The Elizabethan Trilogy in 1998.

According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1,571 libraries, the most widely held of any of Garrett's books.[6]


Described by Kirkus Reviews as "the novel is locked into its own period and reference so that the effect of this tale of life and the abyss is removed and derived rather than immediate and shared. Still a tour de force of its kind."[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ Google Books-Death of the Fox by George Garrett
  2. ^ Weeks, E. (October 1971). "Death of a fox". The Atlantic Monthly. 228 (4): 138. ProQuest 203838739.
  3. ^ Robinson, W.R. (1971). "Imagining the individual: George Garrett's Death of the Fox". The Hollins Critic. 28: 1.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Walter (Winter 1991). "Elizabethan Glory: George Garrett Rests His Case". Sewanee Review. 99 (1): ii, iv–vi. JSTOR 27546291.
  5. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2008-05-28). "George Garrett; Critically Acclaimed Novelist and Poet". The Washington Post and Times-Herald. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  6. ^ WorldCat author listing
  7. ^ Death of the Fox by George Garrett.
  8. ^ Rozett, Martha Tuck (Winter 1996). "Constructing a world: how postmodern historical fiction reimagines the past". Clio. 25 (2): 145–.
  9. ^ Battestin, Martin C (Winter 1971). "Death of the Fox by George Garrett". Georgia Review. 25 (4): 511–513. JSTOR 41396822.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Walter (2001). Parini, Jay (ed.). "George Garrett". American Writers. Scribner Writer Series. Charles Scribner's Sons. Supplement 7 – via GaleGroup.