The Story of My Heart

The Story of My Heart

The Story of My Heart

The Story of My Heart


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"In the history of literature one happens, from time to time, upon a book which has been written because the author had no choice but to write it," biographer Walter Besart said of Richard Jefferies' The Story of My Heart. "He was compelled by hidden forces to write it. There was no rest for him, day or night, so soon as the book was complete in his mind, until he sat down to write it. And then he wrote it at a white heat. For eighteen years, Jefferies says, he pondered over this book-he means, that he brooded over these and cognate subjects from the time of adolescence. At last his mind was full, and then-but not till then-he wrote it. Those who have not read it must understand at the outset that it is the book of one who dares to question for himself on the most important subject which can occupy the mind."

Or, as Roger Mifflin put it more simply, "If your mind needs a whiff of strong air, blue and cleansing, from hilltops and primrose valleys, try "The Story of My Heart" by Richard Jefferies." Book 6 in the Roger Mifflin Collection of vintage classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737349990
Publisher: Warren Bluhm
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

John Richard Jefferies (6 November 1848 - 14 August 1887) was an English nature writer, noted for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels. His childhood on a small Wiltshire farm had a great influence on him and provides the background to all his major works of fiction.Jefferies's corpus of writings includes a diversity of genres and topics, including Bevis (1882), a classic children's book, and After London (1885), an early work of science fiction. For much of his adult life, he suffered from tuberculosis, and his struggles with the illness and with poverty also play a role in his writing. Jefferies valued and cultivated an intensity of feeling in his experience of the world around him, a cultivation that he describes in detail in The Story of My Heart (1883). This work, an introspective depiction of his thoughts and feelings on the world, gained him the reputation of a nature mystic at the time.
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