Ben Tubbs Adventures
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Ben Tubbs Adventures is Richard Jefferies earliest extant work of any length, probably written in his late teens.  It is a quest novel of voyage and adventure, and his first essay in a genre to which he was naturally drawn. It was probably influenced by the greatest quest story of them all, Homers Odyssey, one of Jefferies favourite books as a boy. It is likely that Jefferies wrote it for his personal amusement and the entertainment of family and friends. For students of Jefferies, the novel is of interest.

 The humour and Bens pranks in the early chapters of the book are juvenile and immature but fitting for a boys story. The descriptions of the slaves on the slave-ships are racist in the extreme and painful to read. However the later chapters, that treat Bens adventures in America, show some sparks of Jefferies real writing talent. He describes the prairies with great sensitivity.

There is an excellent introduction by Andrew Rossabi and this is worth reading in its own right.

The book was published for the first time in April 2016, in paperback (200pp).
ISBN: 9780956375179

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