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ID
c166
Title
"Introduction" [to Green Mansions, by W.H. Hudson]
Genre
Essay
Page Count
6
Word Count
2500
Publication Year
1957
Document Types
Full-text Online
Literary Criticism
Introductions, Forewards & Prefaces

One of several opportunities taken by Bates to praise Hudson's writing, joining the 1932 essay "A Traveller in Little Things" and a mention of Hudson as the "greatest of our nature-writers" in Blossoming World (28). Bates describes a style that is "almost biblically simple, sensitive, fastidious, visual, captivating," and a "person of the strongest visionary instincts, of the most powerful poetic sensibility." He analyzes the pace of the novel, and the challenges Hudson may have experienced with his half-bird, half-woman character. In doing so, Bates reveals some of his own priorities as a writer regarding atmosphere, character creation, and style. In Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest (W.H. Hudson; London: Collins, 1957, pp. 11-16)


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