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Far Away and Long Ago: A Childhood in Argentina

The first eighteen years of William Hudson's life were spent on the Argentinean pampas. Although he was a scholarly ornithologist, every page of this book reveals a rapturous delight in the wildlife of the pampas, animal or human. He mixed with cut-throat gauchos, he pursued ostriches, explored lagoons, and allowed burrowing armadillos to drag him elbow-deep into the earth.

William Henry Hudson (1841–1922) was an author, naturalist, and ornithologist. Hudson was born in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, son of settlers of U.S. origin. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in an English mingled with Spanish idioms. Hudson settled in England during 1869. He produced a series of ornithological studies, including Argentine Ornithology (1888–1899) and British Birds (1895), and later achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Day (1903), Afoot in England (1909) and A Shepherd's Life (1910), which helped foster the back-to-nature movement of the 1920s and 1930s. He was a founding member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Hudson's best known novel is Green Mansions (1904), and his best known non-fiction is Far Away and Long Ago (1918). In Argentina, Hudson is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name. A town in Berazategui Partido and several other public places and institutions are named after him. Towards the end of his life, Hudson moved to Worthing in Sussex, England. His grave is in Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery in Worthing.

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'A masterpiece... I was but one of mant whose favourite book it was in childhood and beyond.' - Kathleen Raine, The Tablet

'A very great writer...the most valuable our world possessed.' - John Galsworthy

'An autobiographical masterpiece' - Auberon Waugh, The Sunday Telegraph

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