William Henry Hudson

Life, Literature and Science

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About the Book

This English translation of De Quilmes a Hyde Park: Las fronteras culturales en la vida y la obra de W. H. Hudson, which won the 2001 Annual Prize in Literature of Uruguay, analyzes how the richness of Hudson’s work is linked to the overlapping of several cultures in his life. His work and life developed in the opposition of Romanticism to Enlightenment, wavering between literature and science.
Combining biographical details with analysis of his philosophy and works, the study follows Hudson’s life from his childhood on a cattle farm in Argentina to his emigration to England in 1874, including the years he fought on the frontier between whites and indigenous populations and the years he spent traveling abroad. The study concludes with a bibliography of Hudson’s books, poems, posthumously published works, and translations into Spanish, as well as critical studies of Hudson.

About the Author(s)

Sociologist and writer Felipe Arocena is a professor at the University of the Republic, Uruguay. He has been a visiting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), Dartmouth College (Hanover) and The Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.) in the United States, among other institutions. He has published five books including Entrevistas Cubanas: Historias de una Nación Dividida (McFarland, 2004, in Spanish) with William Noland.

Bibliographic Details

Felipe Arocena
Translated by Richard Manning
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 181
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1687-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction: Cultural Frontiers in Hudson’s Work      1
1. His Years in Argentina      21
2. Failure and Success of The Purple Land      51
3. The Stranger in England      74
4. Afoot in England (or,Theory and Practice of Traveling)      102
5. A Small Drama in Richmond Park (or,Theory and Practice of the Senses)    124
Epilogue: Cultural Resistance      147

Bibliography      161
Index      167