Richard Jefferies, His Life and Work
Edward Thomas' study, an early edition
Undated c1911 (as per previous owner's pencil inscription). Probable second edition, hardback with gilt titling to spine and gilt publisher's monogram to upper board. Top edge gilt. 16.5 × 11cm, 352pp. (This copy with publishers ad to front and half-title).
Edward Thomas' biographical study of fellow author Richard Jefferies. Thomas had been reading "lanky Dick" (as Jefferies was known) since he was a child, especially RJ's writings of Wiltshire, a place they both loved. Edward Thomas wrote to W H Hudson that he had produced a "wholly bad" work, and to Gordon Bottomley he wrote "Trying to mingle biography, criticism, and mere exposition of his matter, I have made confusion". This isn't the case at all. Richard Jefferies is a full and sensitive, loving yet discriminatingly critical account of one fine writer by another. As the critic Q D Leavis wrote "[His] is a model biography. The author is recognized as being present only by the sympathy that informs the narrative and the intelligence that directs the criticism and determines the selections."
A good reading copy. The covers rubbed and bumped and with a very slight warp but complete and internally good.
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