The Life of the Fields

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John Richard Jefferies was an English nature writer, essayist and journalist. He wrote fiction mainly based on farming and rural life. From early in life he showed a great love of the countryside, but was temperamentally unsuited to follow his father as a farmer, and in 1866 he found employment as a newspaper reporter for the North Wiltshire Herald and the Swindon Advertiser. In late 1877 he moved to Surbiton to be nearer the hub of literary England. His new surroundings defined him, as a country writer. Articles...
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John Richard Jefferies was an English nature writer, essayist and journalist. He wrote fiction mainly based on farming and rural life. From early in life he showed a great love of the countryside, but was temperamentally unsuited to follow his father as a farmer, and in 1866 he found employment as a newspaper reporter for the North Wiltshire Herald and the Swindon Advertiser. In late 1877 he moved to Surbiton to be nearer the hub of literary England. His new surroundings defined him, as a country writer. Articles drawing on Jefferies' Wiltshire experiences were snapped up by the Pall Mall Gazette, to be followed by similar collections of essays, like Round About a Great Estate (1880). About this time he wrote his extraordinary autobiography, The Story of My Heart: An Autobiography (1883).
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1. The field-play; 2. Bits of oak bark; 3. The pageant of summer; 4. Meadow thoughts; 5. Clematis lane; 6. Nature near Brighton; 7. Sea, sky and down; 8. January in the Sussex woods; 9. By the Exe; 10. The water-colley; 11. Notes on landscape painting; 12. Village miners; 13. Mind under water; 14. Sport and science; 15. Nature and the gamekeeper; 16. The sacrifice to trout; 17. The hovering of the kestrel; 18. Birds climbing the air; 19. Country literature; 20. Sunlight in a London square; 21. Venice in the east end; 22. The pigeons at the British Museum; 23. The plainest city in Europe.

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