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William Henry Hudson lived form 1841 to 1922. He was an author, naturalist and ornithologist. Hudson's parents settled in Argentina where Hudson spent his youth studying the flora and fauna of the area. Hudson later moved to England where he helped found the back to nature movement. In 1918 he wrote Far Away and Long Ago, which was an autobiography of his early life. A Shepherd's Life begins, "Wiltshire looks large on the map of England a great green county yet it never appears to be a favourite one to those who go on rambles in the land." W H Hudson takes his reader on a magical tour of this area of England. His descriptions of the rural area are beautiful to read. Hudson brings the past alive for his readers. There are many descriptions of the relationship between shepherds and their dogs, peculiar behaviors of various animals, tales of strange people, and extensive descriptions of the land itself. A lot of the stories in this book come from an old shepherd.
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William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) grew up on the farms and ranches of the Rio de la Plata and was given a somewhat haphazard education by a succession of tutors. Despite an active childhood Hudson's hopes of a career in farming were destroyed by a series of childhood illnesses which left him physically weak. He spent his early adult years in South America studying the environment and wildlife, but in 1869 left for England. In 1876 he married Emily Wingrave, who ran a boarding house while Hudson wrote. However, it was not until 1892 with the publication of The Naturalist in La Plata that Hudson was to achieve recognition as an author. A civil list pension awarded in 1901 allowed him to continue his writing, which now focused on British nature and rural life, but also included fictional works, such as Green Mansions, one of his best known works. His collected works, published in 1923, filled 25 volumes.Review:
""""Hudson is one of those men that love life in the open, and possess a taste for the adventurous and the picturesque.""
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