The Toilers of the Field

The Toilers of the Field

by Richard Jefferies


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Originally published in 1892, this work by English nature writer, Richard Jefferies, is a collection of his papers that appeared in magazines and newspapers early in his career. Published posthumously, it includes pieces titled 'The farmer at Home', 'An English Homestead' 'The Coming of Summer', and many more delights, exhibiting his great talent at capturing the wonder of the English countryside. We are republishing this work with a brand new introductory biography on Jefferies, to help place this publication in context with his other works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473324282
Publisher: Read Books
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(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.

Table of Contents

Preface C.J. Longman; Part I: 1. The farmer at home; 2. The labourer's daily life; 3. Field-faring women; 4. An English homestead; 5. John Smith's shanty; 6. Wiltshire labourers (letters to the Times); 7. A true tale of the Wiltshire labourer; Part II: 8. The coming of summer; 9. The golden-crested wren; 10. An extinct race; 11. Orchis mascula; 12. The lions in Trafalgar Square.

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