Greene Ferne Farm
  • Greene Ferne Farm
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Richard Jefferies based many of his scenes on the people and places that he knew around his birthplace and home at Coate in north Wiltshire. Richard wrote to a publisher about an early version of Greene Ferne Farm as follows:

If the plot be subtracted I think I may say that nine tenths of my novel is the results of experience. Even the drunkard – Augustus Basset – is a sketch from life, and the original (now poor fellow deceased) was a member of a county family which fell by degrees to the unhappy state described. The country folk are all also from life, the farmers, labourers etc. and if you wished I could even mention names in some cases: of course in confidence. The scenery is that of the Wiltshire Downs – from Ashdown (in Berks) to Salisbury Plain; they are my native hills and I know them well. The ancient dolmen which plays a part in the story actually exists. The second volume especially is drawn from nature: I have myself spent more than one summer night on the Downs, you would scarcely believe how beautiful the morning is just before the sun rises. I have tried to describe it: but the colours are not to be put on paper. I would rather like to take your attention to the second volume. The old farmer and miller Andrew Fisher was also a living character – he is not forgotten even now, and his house was ransacked when he died. Of course I have disguised the characters sufficiently that they should not be recog­nized too easily: but the substance is accurately portrayed.

 This 2009 edition of the novel, in softback format, includes an introduction by George Miller taken from Richard Jefferies: A Bibliographical Study by George Miller & Hugoe Matthews (Aldershot: Scolar Books, 1993).


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