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ID
c131
Title
"Kent."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
8
Word Count
2700
Publisher
Country Fair
Publication Year
1951
Document Types
Full-text Online
Autobiographical
Nature Writing
Topics
Kent, Travel

On Bates's adopted home, which has "the happiest union of climate and soil and husbandry and sea," and a tour of its different regions. Bates celebrates the sea, woods, hop-fields, and orchards while decrying "pre-fabs," chain stores, and a "coastal strip of bungalows of astonishing hideousness." He closes by describing Kentish air as "very sweet and pleasant" -- I like it, and I shall probably go on breathing it and liking it, I think, for the rest of my days." In Country Fair (London, i, 6, County Supplement No. 6, pp. 81-8, December, 1951).


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