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The Farmer's World comprises all the articles by Jefferies published in The Live Stock Journal along with an introduction by Eric Jones. The articles are forthright, almost campaigning, often urging readers to reconsider their conservative ways, to be innovative, to seek commercial opportunities and...
Amaryllis at the Fair
This edition of Amaryllis at the Fair , with an introduction by Carolyn Clarke, was published on 6 November 2009 (originally published in 1887 the year of Richard Jefferies' premature death from tuberculosis.) There is a strong auto-biographical element portrayed in the scenes of country life set at...
Richard Jefferies: An A..
This new anthology, selected by Hugoe Matthews and Rebecca Welshman, aims to highlight the broad, exploratory, and sometimes unpredictable nature of Jefferies writing. The authors have focused primarily on short quotations which read well independently, and longer passages which demonstrate the context,...
A Natural System of Nat..
In the summer of 1871 the Swindon Advertiser published a series of three articles by Richard Jefferies under the title 'A Natural System of National Defence'. These early articles reflect Jefferies' ideas for setting up a home guard in England. The articles were re-published on 14th August 2014 in a...
The Interpreter: A Biog..
For over forty years, Audrey Smiths biography of Richard Jefferies was been hidden away. In 2007 her son, John, discovered the volume of research undertaken by his mother that included this work. He donated a copy of the typescript to the Richard Jefferies Society and noted that: Though time has moved...
The Scarlet Shawl
The Scarlet Shawl (1874) is the first and the slightest of the three published early novels, but in some ways the most charming. It is a tale of how the young and likeable Nora loses her admirer and would-be lover, Percival. She nearly drifts into a loveless marriage, only to be rescued by luck and her...
A Peculiarly English Ge..
A Peculiarly English Genius, A Biography of Richard Jefferies, by Andrew Rossabi. Volume I. The Early Years, 1848-1867 (Petton Books, 6 November 2017). 800pp. ISBN: 978-0-9563751-8-6 Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) is the purest and most sensitive, certainly the most passionate, nature writer produced...
World's End (1877) is the last and best of the three novels Richard Jefferies published under the Tinsley Bros imprint. It opens with a compelling foundation-myth of the manufacturing city of Stirmingham, whose phenomenal growth is ironically traced back to the activities of a water-rat. The plot centres...
Ben Tubbs Adventures
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...
Greene Ferne Farm
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...
Richard Jefferies: An I..
Richard Jefferies: an Index of themes, thoughts and observations provides a basic index to the principal elements in Jefferies published work (the latter are also listed in the book in date order of publication). It is partly a word-index (e.g. names of species) and partly a subject-index (e.g. Nature...
Restless Human Hearts
Restless Human Hearts is the centrepiece of the triptych of early works by Richard Jefferies. The original (1875) and ambitious three-volume work anticipates the mature author in many of its themes. Nature and nature mysticism are sharply contrasted with the decadence of fashionable Mayfair society....