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GREEN MANSIONS:A ROMANCE OF THE TROPICAL FOREST, 1916

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1911

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1916 Modern Library Leatherette Green Mansions-1st Ed. Green Mansions: A Romance of the by W.H. Hudson, Introduction by John Galsworthy. DESCRIPTION: Leather-bound: 289 pages. Publisher: Boni and Liveright Publishers (Modern Library); (1916). List of titles in back. CONDITION: Front endpage has come unglued from leather(ette)? Name on back blank page. Modern classic tells the compelling story of Rima, a strange birdlike girl of the jungle, and Abel, the European who falls in love with her. The book owes much of its popularity to the mystic, near-religious feeling that pervades the story and the beauty of Rima’s halting, poetic expressions. The author’s knowledge and understanding of nature, the jungle and grasslands lend special authenticity to this captivating fantasy. REVIEW: A hauntingly beautiful journey into the green dark of the South American rain forests, where our adventurer, Abel, falls in love with Rima, a strange bird-like woman of a magnificent and mystical race. Join Abel as he is led to discover his greatest joy of his deepest despair. William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) was raised on the pampas of by parents who were emigrants from the . He left for in 1874, where he lived for decades in great poverty, struggling to make a living as a writer. It was only in 1916, when he was seventy-five, that “Green Mansions” was reprinted to great acclaim, the first book published by Alfred A. Knopf, making an almost overnight literary celebrity. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The story of a Venezuelan political exile and the "bird-girl" he discovers in a remote jungle, this "Romance of the " drew praise from such celebrated writers as Joseph Conrad and John Galsworthy. For decades the tale was greatly admired by both the general public and literary connoisseurs, even adapted as a Classics Illustrated comic book in 1951 and an MGM film in 1959. Today “Green Mansions” is of special interest for its ecological implications for the , its poetic style and ambiguities, and the romantic sweep of its tale about Abel and Rima, doomed lovers amidst an exotic setting. REVIEW: A failed revolutionary attempt drives the hero of 's novel to seek refuge in the primeval forests of south-western . There, in the 'green mansions' of the title, Abel encounters the wood-nymph Rima, the last survivor of a mysterious aboriginal race. The love that flowers between them is soon overshadowed by cruelty and sorrow. One of the acknowledged masters of natural history writing, W. H. Hudson forms an important link between nineteenth-century Romanticism and the twentieth-century ecological movement. First published in 1904 and a bestseller after its reissue a dozen years later, Green Mansions offers its readers a poignant meditation on the loss of wilderness, the dream of a return to nature, and the bitter reality of the encounter between savage and civilized man REVIEW: An astonishing journey into green dark of the South American rain forests, where the hero falls in love with Rima, a girl of a magnificent and mystical race. The hero is led to discover the greatest joy, as well as the darkest despair. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Hudson, a noted naturalist during the Romantic/Victorian periods, grew up in the wild , and this book reflects a fascination with nature that most likely began during his childhood. Themes of civilization versus savagery and the untouched beauty of the tropics versus development are found throughout “Green Mansions”, but these issues are encased in a love story that holds notes of mystery, fantasy, and romanticism. The novel provides a good introduction to the naturalist writings of this period (and a much easier read than most of the more scientific prose being written at the time). The novel offers wonderful descriptions of the wild forests of the region, and develops fantastical characters, particularly in the case of Rima, the primary female character. REVIEW: This is one of my favorite novels! WH Hudson's prose is very lush. He pulls you into the hypnotic South American jungle and reveals a strange unforgettable tale of adventure and romance, so unlike today's stale and predictable "stories”." This isn’t an easy read, you'll need lots of time to savor the prose. I don’t often buy books, but this one is a keeper!!! REVIEW: If you believe that all life of this earth shares a common bond (we are all connected as is our destiny), and you want documentation to bolster that view, read 'Green Mansions'. But don't stop there! Find and read 's books on following his emigration as a young man in his 30's. REVIEW: This story of ill-fated love set in the lush forests of is surprisingly modern in its outlook on humankind's relationship to nature - and in its refusal to provide an easy resolution to its poignant narrative. Fans of Rand Johnson's ', A Fable' - another haunting and mysterious book that uses a star-crossed romance to explore man's impact on the natural world - will love this. REVIEW: This obscure classic is a jewel! I first read it when I was about 10 years old, and I never forgot the love story of Abel, a political refugee from and Rima, the last of a race of exotic, mystical, bird-like people. If I could rate Green Mansions past 5 stars, I would use all the stars in our universe to convince you to read it! REVIEW: Those of you who have read Rand Johnson's " - A Fable" will find interesting parallels here, albeit in a Victorian idiom, as presents a moving and mysterious romance against a backdrop of great natural beauty, in this case the South American jungle. NOTES: The publisher, “The Modern Library” has had an enormous impact on the American literary scene. It is a classic story of American entrepreneurship, and the birth of one of the world’s major publishing houses. Two generations of students bought the product of “The Modern Library” avidly. The series was first started in 1917, and was essentially a crib on the British Everyman series. The purpose of this series was to make available to the general public the “classics” of literatureâthe great titles by the world’s greatest authorsâin affordable, attractive bindings. Such works were oftentimes out of the financial reach of the average reader, books put out by other publishing houses at the time sold for around 2. The first books published by “The Modern Library” were 60 cents each. Though the price was increased to 95 cents in 1920 as costs had risen considerably, the price was to remain the same until 1946. In 1925 two young employees purchased the rights to publish the series from the original publisher. Immediately the two young publishers set about giving their purchase a new look. Bad titles were dropped, the smelly leatherette bindings were replaced in favor of cloth, and the distinctive logo â“ a running torchbearer â“ was devised. Between 1925 and 1927 the new owners devoted their time exclusively to “The Modern Library”. Not a penny was taken out of the business. Cerf and Klopfer went to the Department stores and bookshops themselves. They checked their books on the shelves themselves and made sure that the missing titles were replaced. Buyers knew that they were meeting the actual publishers and liked that. Hundreds of new outlets were found to carry their books, and sales began to soar. Their investment of 215,000 more than paid for itself within those first two years. The Modern Library, in fact, was doing so well that the new owners found themselves with more time than what they knew to do with. They played a lot of golf and bridge, but even then there was time to spare. Cerf says, in his autobiography, he missed the exciting days of the publication of a new book. Cerf and Klopfer decided that, as a sort of hobby, they would publish deserving and underappreciated quality books they liked and at random. Thus in 1927, the publishing giant “Random House” was born. Most people think that The Modern Library is an offshoot of Random House when in fact the opposite is the truth. Random House made its debut with a pamphlet announcing the publication of seven limited editions from the Nonesuch Press, and the course of publishing history was changed. 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