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Written by Henry Salt and published by Arthur Fifield of London in 1905. 'He was a pagan, a pantheist, a worshipper of earth and sea, and of the great sun burning in the heaven ; he yearned for a free, natural, fearless life of physical health and spiritual exaltation, and for a death in harmony with the life that preceded it.' So is the writer Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) described by Henry S. Salt in this classic study first published in 1894. The book sparked some controversy at the time, as Salt - a campaigner for animal rights, vegetarianism and socialism - used it to claim Jefferies for one of his own, highlighting the social radicalism and nature-based spirituality that increasingly marked his subject's later writing. With wit and erudition he demolishes the conservative Victorian presentation of Jefferies as a mere chronicler of traditional country life and reveals him as a flawed yet inspirational figure whose best works were unsurpassed as prose poems by anything which the English language contains. Hardback with brown cloth covered boards. Spine printed in gilt and front cover in purple. Pencil inscription inside front cover. Photographic portrait plate with tissue guard. 119 pps. Slight discoloration of front and end papers but otherwise very good condition.