W. H. Hudson (Magill's Literary Annual 1984)
In her introduction to W. H. Hudson: A Biography, Ruth Tomalin says that the great naturalist and writer, W. H. Hudson, was very secretive about details of his life. For example, when he wrote his pioneering biography of Hudson in 1924, Hudson’s longtime friend Morley Roberts did not know Hudson’s exact age or the date he first landed in England or even whether Hudson and his wife were actually married. Since that time, a number of scholars have managed to answer many puzzling questions about Hudson’s early life in Argentina and his later years in England. Tomalin has gathered information from many sources to compile a complete and scholarly yet very readable biography that includes much previously unpublished material.
Hudson was born in 1841, the third son in a family of four boys and two girls born to Daniel and Caroline Hudson in a farmhouse about ten miles from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Originally a New Englander, Daniel Hudson had injured his back in a fall and developed tuberculosis while working in a brewery, and the young couple decided to look for a more hospitable climate in which to rear their family. Many North Americans were buying land in Argentina, so the Hudsons decided to buy a ranch on the Pampas to raise sheep or cattle.
Their first estancia, named The Twenty-five Ombus, challenged the Hudsons. The farmhouse was small and surrounded by the trees that gave the house its name: The ombus were huge, overgrown...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1984)
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