Hillingdon Hall.

By R S Surtees

Printed: 1956

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 15 × 23 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 23 x 3

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Red cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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A very handsome book from the works of Robert Smith Surtees, the great Victorian writer of hunting and sporting literature. "In 1838 Surtees published in book form a collection of his magazine articles featuring Mr Jorrocks, the “jolly, free-and-easy, fox-hunting grocer” (to use Surtees’s own description), under the title of Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities. A longer, more rounded Jorrocks novel, Handley Cross, appeared in 1843 and another, Hillingdon Hall, in 1845. Then came two insipid
productions, The Analysis of the Hunting Field (1846) and Hawbuck Grange (1847), both revolving around fox-hunting but lacking plot or strong characterisation. His first moderate success came with Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour (1853). This was followed by two novels of a different type, Ask Mamma (1858) and Plain or Ringlets? (1860), in which the sporting interest is only part of a broader picture of provincial society. Although these contain interesting social detail and some memorable characters, they too suffer from having no strong central figure to hold the plot together. His last book, published posthumously in 1865, was Mr Facey Romford’s Hounds, which Surtees himself regarded as a good sequel to Mr Sponge and which some critics consider his best novel.

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