Date of Award

Summer 1940

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The purpose of this thesis is to discover the character and importance of W. H. Hudson's contribution to the literature and science of his time, and to determine, as far as possible from this study how lasting his influence will be because of the presence or absence of an interest of others in his work. From the testimony of his friends, as well as from his works themselves, the facts of his life, are as important in evaluating the aspects of his produced accomplishments, as are the productions. A composite picture of the strength of Hudson's character, the waywardness of his thought, and the gentleness of his disposition is built up unconsciously from a reading of his books. Thus, a compulsion is set up to cause one, who is to present an analysis of Hudson's work to construct this same picture of the man, so that it can be born in mind during the consideration of his books.



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