Richard Adams (1732 words)


Richard George Adams (1920-2016), best known for his novel Watership Down (1972), was born near Newbury in Berkshire, UK and lived most of his life within forty miles of his birth-place. He came to writing late in life, with Watership Down facilitating an early retirement from the Civil Service (aged 54), and his subsequent writing was continuous over forty-two years. The themes of Adams’ writing strongly reflect influences from earlier life, particularly his education, his war-time experiences including the loss of many friends, his career with the Civil Service, and his family.

Adams came from a middle-class family, and as was usual for the children of such a family at this time was sent at the age of …

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Richard Adams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 October 2020 [, accessed 27 January 2021.]

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