There are five works of fiction, within Hudson’s oeuvre, which can be considered of lasting literary merit: The Purple Land, A Crystal Age, El Ombú, Green Mansions, and Dead Man’s Plack and An Old Thorn. Some will be treated here in more detail than others, depending on relative importance, Green Mansions in most detail, both because I believe it to be Hudson’s most important work, and because it is susceptible to that sort of detailed treatment which could not be sustained — with the same degree of purpose, at least — for a slighter work like The Purple Land.
KeywordsSymbolic Dimension White Whale Fictional Work Spiritual Quality Moral Insanity
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