W. H. Hudson: A Portrait

W. H. Hudson: A Portrait

W. H. Hudson: A Portrait

W. H. Hudson: A Portrait

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The mystery of Hudson--His brother Albert--The difficulties of Hudson's character--A biography impossible--Special difficulties in this case--Part of a letter on these--Hudson's own monument-- Far Away and Long Ago --Death and Richard Jefferies-- The effect of his early illness--Blank pages of his life--His parents--They migrate from Massachusetts --His brothers--Effect of Darwin--Death of his parents--Why he never re-visited South America-- Italians and bird-collectors--"The house that died" --Dates that are irrelevant.

MANY years before Far Away and Long Ago was written Hudson told me that, when he went on board the steamer by which he came to England, his younger brother said to him wistfully, "Of all the people I have ever known you are the only one I do not know."

To reach any vision whatever of a human being who even then baffled eyes which had seen him grow up into full manhood is not a task for the intellect, but, if it comes at all, a gift to long-lasting affection and comradeship. To reckon up Hudson in intellectual terms would be a vain task. To build him from his books, self-revealing as they may be, would give much but leave more unsaid. There was something in his character which forbade him to abandon his soul to others. He . . .

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