By James Casada
The writings of Selous seem in a single landmark quantity, coplete with infrequent images and annotated by means of popular African specialist, Dr. James Casada. Selous describes early days in Botswana and Zambezia.
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Extra info for Africa's Greatest Hunter. The Lost Writings of Fredrick C. Selous
321-28). It details Selous’s experiences in December 1879, up to and including Christmas Day. Though Selous covers this portion of his experiences in Africa in chapter 20 of A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa, he does so only in passing fashion. Here we get a detailed example, comprising a single day, of just how difficult the life of a hunter could be. When Selous says that he hopes “I may never again experience such an uncomfortable Christmas as the one I spent in the desert in the year 1879,” he hints at a tale well worth retelling.
Selous underwent many such experiences, but for that matter so did most old African hunting hands. What set him apart from other sporting pioneers on the continent were his keen powers of observation, his diverse interests and abilities, and most significantly, an incomparable ability to describe his adventures both verbally and in print. The material offered here will attest to his storytelling prowess, and his writing is appealing whether it deals with a daring hunt, studies in natural history, or more mundane subjects.
Selous was now an accomplished, widely recognized author, and for the remainder of his life literary endeavors would be his principal source of income. He contributed to a number of the anthologies and multivolume sporting collections that were popular at the turn of the century, and the current work rescues from obscurity some of his writings for these largely forgotten and often rare volumes. Selous also wrote regularly for both sporting magazines and more serious journals, and these pages contain a solid selection of these efforts as well.
Africa's Greatest Hunter. The Lost Writings of Fredrick C. Selous by James Casada