Writings of W. H. Hudson, the First Literary Environmentalist 1841-1922

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This study provides a précis for each of William Henry Hudson’s (1841-1922) books and gives an account of the development, writing, publication, reception and critique of each. Further, the work identifies those parts of each book which appeared first in journals and details the differences between those two versions and between first and rewritten editions of Hudson’s books. Finally, the book dates the experiences Hudson wrote about and identifies the places and people he failed to name or to whom he gave pseudonyms.


“The originality and usefulness of this book will be patent to two sharply differentiated categories of readers: those who, having read possibly one or two of W.H. Hudson’s many volumes, have had no opportunity to discover the diversity and richness of his works and have often been led to wonder what the variety of their supposed appeal may lie in; and those who, already familiar with his main writings, need a reliable guide to the whole oeuvre, and are anxious to explore the holes and corners of the vast territory which Hudson made his world.” - Pierre Coustillas, Professor Emeritus, University of Lille

“[This work] leads the reader through all Hudson’s books and collections of articles, with three appendices to cover papers he contributed to the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, pamphlets and leaflets he wrote for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and articles by him not reprinted.” - Martha S. Vogeler, Emeritus Professor of English, California State University, Fullerton

“This very detailed survey of W.H. Hudson’s books is a much needed addition to the bibliography on this great writer and naturalist, at a time when there seems to be arising a new interest in him, and no doubt one of the main reasons why, is the awareness of how much beauty (and health) we are losing in exchange for wealth and comfort ... Mr. Shrubsall’s thorough research and sound judgment make this work essential for scholars and for any reading willing to go into the world of such a valuable writer.” - Professor Enrique M.S. Pedrotti, Universidad del Museo Social Argentino

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Pierre Coustillas
Chronology of Hudson’s Life
Far Away and Long Ago
The Purple Land
The Naturalist in La Plata
Idle Days in Patagonia
El Ombú
Green Mansions
Two Minor South American Books
The South American Ornithological Works
A Crystal Age
Birds in a Village and Birds in Town and Village
British Birds and Rare, Vanishing and Lost British Birds
Birds in London
Nature in Downland
Birds and Man
Hampshire Days
The Land’s End
A Shepherd’s Life
Afoot in England
Adventures among Birds
The Book of a Naturalist
Dead Man’s Plack and An Old Thorn
A Traveller in Little Things
A Hind in Richmond Park

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