Walking with W.H. Hudson Through the English Landscape: The Home Country of the World’s First Literary Environmentalist

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Presents a comprehensively dated and authoritative account of all of William Henry Hudson’s English travels, not only of his many “rambles’ while gathering the subject material for his books, but also those of a more personal nature. This book has twenty-two black and white photographs.


“. . . this scholarly volume is sure to rank among the books that serious students of Hudson will find indispensable. It satisfies the reader’s demand of accuracy, appeals to the curiosity of about Hudson’s personality while offering an often moving confrontation between past and present . . .” – Dr. Pierre Coustillas, Professor Emeritus, Lille University

“Dennis Shrubsall successfully negotiates the multidisciplinary challenges of Hudson’s life and work and does full justice to the naturalist and the writer. ... [i]t is an original contribution to knowledge of environmental history; it perpetuates knowledge and understanding of one of the most outstanding figures of English literature in a style worthy of its subject; and it recreates a rural world already undergoing change when Hudson was writing.” – John Lynch, Emeritus Professor of Latin American History, University of London

“The enthusiasm the author communicates to the readers inspires us to go on reading and enjoying this wonderful writer and naturalist.” –Professor Enrique M.S. Pedrotti, Universidad del Museo Social Argentino & President of the W.H. Hudson Park Friend’s Association, Buenos Aires

“By commenting on the topographical and cartographic changes which have occurred since Hudson visited these locales, Shrubsall endorses Hudson’s deprecation of some of the changes which he saw occurring. In this way, Hudson’s legacy lives on in the twenty-first century.” – Laurence Marriott, Senior Lecturer in English, The University of Northampton

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Pierre Coustillas
A Chronology of Hudson’s Rambles in England
1 Sussex: The Years of Discovery
2 Berkshire
3 Hampshire
4 Wiltshire
5 Dorset
6 Somerset and Devon
7 East Anglia
8 Derbyshire
9 Cornwall: The Years of Discovery
10 Cornwall: The Years of Decline
11 Sussex: The Latter Years

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