Richard Adams: Watership Down (2446 words)

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Watership Down, written by Richard Adams and published 1972 by Rex Collings Ltd, London, has established itself as one of the best-known books of the twentieth century. It is both a classic of children’s literature and a book widely read by adults, and is a world-bestseller with over 50 million sales.

The genre is that of a fantasy epic adventure, but with rabbits as protagonists. The bare plot is the flight of a group of rabbits led by a young buck, Hazel, from their threatened home warren of Sandelford, and their establishment of a new warren at Watership Down. In doing so the rabbits brave dangers from predators, humans, and from other rabbits. It is divided into four parts, each of novel length. The first part …

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Watership Down". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38983, accessed 06 April 2020.]

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