This study provides a precis 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.
Dennis Shrubsall has spent thirty years researching, writing and lecturing about W.H. Hudson. He is the author of the biography W.H. Hudson: Writer and Naturalist and many articles and essays including those in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and The 1880s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art and Culture. He is also the editor of four volumes of Hudson's letters, the two volume The Unpublished of W.H. Hudson: The First Literary Environmentalist 1841-1922, Birds of a Feather and, with Pierre Coustillas, Landscapes and Literati.
Foreword by Professor Pierre Coustillas; Acknowledgements; Chronology of Hudson's Life; Introduction; Abbreviations; Far Away and Long Ago; The Purple Land; The Naturalist in La Plata; Idle Days in Patagonia; El Ombu; Green Mansions; Two Minor South American Books; The South American Ornithological Works; A Crystal Age; Fan; 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; Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.