Hugh Lofting (849 words)


Hugh John Lofting (1886-1947) is remembered for the creation of the children’s fiction character Doctor Dolittle, an eccentric English doctor and vet who can talk with animals.

Lofting was born in Maidenhead (Berkshire, UK), one of six children of an Anglo-Irish Roman Catholic family. From age eight until eighteen he attended the Jesuit boarding school Mount St Mary College (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK) where he received the classics-based education typical of the age.

On leaving Mount St Mary College (1904), Lofting began a period of extensive travel supported by a series of short-duration jobs. He went first to USA where he started training as a civil engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, …

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Hugh Lofting". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2019 [, accessed 29 November 2020.]

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