The Farmer's World: Richard Jefferies' Agricultural Journalism in the late 1870s comprises all the articles by Jefferies published in The Live Stock Journal along with an introduction by Eric Jones.
The articles are forthright, almost campaigning, often urging readers to reconsider their conservative ways, to be innovative, to seek commercial opportunities and to tackle waste. ‘Middlemen’ were regularly disparaged, traditional methods of distribution questioned and imaginative schemes suggested to bring producer and consumer closer together. Jefferies also displayed a surprising ability in figures and a good grasp of mechanical engineering, explaining with clarity the workings of newly invented farming machinery.
The essays collected here demonstrate Jefferies’ expertise in trade-paper journalism and contrast sharply with his later, lyrical work. He was a modernist of his time, and declares: ‘agriculture has become far too wide for the brain of any one man’.
Published by Petton Books, February 2016. Petton Books is an imprint of the Richard Jefferies Society.
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