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W.H. Hudson

W.H. Hudson was born in Quilmes, Argentina, just south of Buenos Aires, in 1841. A famed naturalist, ornithologist and novelist, he is perhaps best known today as the author of the beloved classic Green Mansions. Hudson passed away in 1922, at the age of 81.

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Green Mansions: Book vs. film

Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson

In my recent review of Frank Aubrey’s lost-race novel The King of the Dead (1903), which transpires in the jungle depths of Brazil, I mentioned that the author, in an attempt to add realism to his descriptions of the terrain, had quoted liberally from works by the famed Argentinian writer William Henry Hudson. And well he might! Hudson at that point was 62 years old, and well known for being both a naturalist and ornithologist, his specialty being the birds of his native South America; he’d already written any number of books on the subject, as well as his first piece of fiction, a dystopian novel entitled A Crystal Age (1887). One could hardly do better than quoting from... Read More