William Henry Hudson, 1841-1922


Biographical note

Hudson was born in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, son of settlers of U.S. origin. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in an English mingled with Spanish idioms.

Hudson settled in England during 1869. He produced a series of ornithological studies, including Argentine Ornithology [1888-1899] and British Birds [1895], and later achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Day [1903], Afoot in England [1909] and A Shepherd's Life [1910], which helped foster the back-to-nature movement of the 1920s and 1930s.

Hudson's best known novel is Green Mansions [1904], and his best known non-fiction is Far Away and Long Ago [1918].


South American Romances


  • Argentine Ornithology [1888]
  • Birds in a Village [1893]
  • Lost British Birds [1894], pamphlet
  • British Birds [1895]
  • Osprey; or, Egrets and Aigrettes [1896]
  • Birds in London [1898]
  • Birds and Man [1901]
  • Adventures Among Birds [1913]
  • Birds in Town and Village [1919]
  • Birds of La Plata [1920] two volumes
  • Seagulls in London. Why They Took To Coming To Town [1922], essay
  • Rare Vanishing & Lost British Birds [1923]

Other works

  • A Crystal Age [1887]
  • Fan–The Story of a Young Girl's Life [1892], as Henry Harford
  • The Naturalist in la Plata [1892]
  • Idle Days in Patagonia [1893]
  • Nature in Downland [1900]
  • Hampshire Days [1903]
  • A Little Boy Lost [1905]
  • Land's End. A Naturalist's Impressions in West Cornwall [1908]
  • Afoot in England [1909]
  • A Shepherd's Life: Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs [1910]
  • Tales of the Pampas [1916]
  • The Book of a Naturalist [1919]
  • Dead Man's Plack and An Old Thorn [1920]
  • A Traveller in Little Things [1921]
  • Tired Traveller [1921], essay
  • Hind in Richmond Park [1922]
  • The Collected Works [1922–23], 24 volumes
  • 153 Letters from W.H. Hudson [1923], edited by Edward Garnett
  • Ralph Herne [1923]
  • Men, Books and Birds [1925]
  • The Disappointed Squirrel [1925] from The Book of a Naturalist
  • Mary's Little Lamb [1929]
  • Far Away and Long Ago - A History of My Early Life [1918]
  • W.H. Hudson's Letters to R. B. Cunninghame Graham [Golden Cockerel Press 1941; about R. B. Cunninghame Graham]
  • Tales of the Gauchos [1946]
  • Letters on the Ornithology of Buenos Ayres [1951], edited by David W. Dewar
  • Diary Concerning his Voyage from Buenos Aires to Southampton on the Ebro [1958]
  • Gauchos of the Pampas and Their Horses [1963], stories, with R.B. Cunninghame Graham
  • English Birds and Green Places: Selected Writings [1964] ISBN 0-575-07207-5
  • Birds of A Feather: Unpublished Letters of W.H. Hudson [1981], edited by D. Shrubsall
  • The Famous Missions of California
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