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Adventures in the Vale of the White Horse: Jefferies' Land
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 Adventures in the Vale of the White Horse: 'Jefferies Land' by Kate Tryon

Kate Tryon visited Jefferies Land six times in the early 1900s. She was an ardent admirer of the nature writing of Richard Jefferies and followed his philosophy of life. Having re-read his works many times, she wanted to capture scenes on canvas that had inspired the authors words set around Jefferies birthplace and home – a small dairy farm at Coate set in the foothills of the North Wessex Downs. Her first visit to north Wiltshire took place in 1910. She wrote: The lark, the nightingale and Richard Jefferies – those are the three things that brought me to England. Her adventures are told through the third person of Eleanor Hale of Boston, albeit that some of the events relate to Kates later visits to the area.

 The book is a charming memoir – the writing is fluent, relaxed and often amusing. She knows her Jefferies thoroughly and her quotes and allusions are always apposite. As an American she takes a wry, oblique but deeply affectionate look at English rural society just before the outbreak of the First World War and dispenses much valuable information about the people and places she meets. The artists grand-daughter, Kate Schneider, visited Coate in September 1997. She donated her grandmothers manuscript. Sheila Povey, who showed the American visitor around the Richard Jefferies Museum, has documented the memoir and added photographs and pictures that only enhance this delightful tale. 

The memoir is published in a limited edition of 100 copies one hundred years after it was written. There are about 100 photographs and illustrations, mostly the work of Kate Tryon herself. 27 of her original oil-paintings are reproduced in colour.  

Softback, 240pp with 100 photographs - 27 in colour

            ISBN: 978-0-9563751-1-7

Published on 14 August 2010

UK postage only

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