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Idle Days in Patagonia
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First published in 1893, W.H. Hudson's" Idle Days in Patagonia "is the narrative of his life's great adventure--a year in Patagonia. His time there climaxed 30 years as a naturalist, riding and roving in his native Argentina. His visit to this remote country fulfilled not only a private dream, but also a scientific mission. His collection of bird skins together with a brilliant report to the Zoological Society of London more than a century ago added greatly to his prestige as an ornithologist. In this book, Hudson's scientific interests harmonize perfectly with his extraordinary narrative and descriptive power. Its acute observation of nature and man, and its evocation of remote places and strange peoples mark him as a writer of keenness and distinction.
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William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) was born near Quilmes, in the province of Buenos Aires and about ten miles from the Argentine capital. His childhood and youth were spent on his father's estancia on the Argentine pampas, from which he made many excursions into the remoter parts of the surrounding country. Hudson lived two lives, literally worlds apart: as a young adventurer in South America, and later as an English field naturalist. His boyhood was spent watching birds and snakes, and as a young man he travelled widely on horseback, visiting, Patagonia, amongst other countries, making collections of bird skins and writing accounts of bird life which won the admiration of leading naturalists, including Darwin. Two South American bird species bear his name.

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