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Short Info

DiedDecember 24, 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom
SpouseElizabeth Adams
FactHe dedicated his novel "Watership Down" to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond, for whom he used to invent stories about rabbits and other animals while taking long drives to Stratford-on-Avon.


Richard Adams was born on May 9, 1920, in Wash Common, a village near Newbury in Berkshire, England. His father, Gervase Adams, was a doctor, and his mother, Vera (née Willoughby), was a schoolteacher. He had two younger sisters, Pamela and Gillian. Adams was educated at Bradfield College and then at Worcester College, Oxford.

Adams served in the British Army during World War II. He saw action in the Normandy campaign and was wounded during the crossing of the Rhine. After the war, he returned to Oxford and graduated with a first-class degree in modern history.

Adams began his career as a civil servant in the British Colonial Office. He later worked as a journalist and editor for The Times and The Economist. He also wrote several books on British history and politics.

Adams’s best-known work is Watership Down, a novel about a group of rabbits who flee their warren after a vision of its destruction. The book was published in 1972 and became an instant classic. It has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Adams was married to Elizabeth Jane Howland, with whom he had two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond. Elizabeth died in 2010. Adams died on December 24, 2016, at the age of 96.

Adams was born on May 9, 1920, in Wash Common, a village near Newbury in Berkshire, England. His father, Gervase Adams, was a doctor, and his mother, Vera (née Willoughby), was a schoolteacher. He had two younger sisters, Pamela and Gillian. Adams was educated at Bradfield College and then at Worcester College, Oxford.

Adams served in the British Army during World War II. He saw action in the Normandy campaign and was wounded during the crossing of the Rhine. After the war, he returned to Oxford and graduated with a first-class degree in modern history.

Adams began his career as a civil servant in the British Colonial Office. He later worked as a journalist and editor for The Times and The Economist. He also wrote several books on British history and politics.

Adams’s best-known work is Watership Down, a novel about a group of rabbits who flee their warren after a vision of its destruction. The book was published in 1972 and became an instant classic. It has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Adams was married to Elizabeth Jane Howland, with whom he had two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond. Elizabeth died in 2010. Adams died on December 24, 2016, at the age of 96.

General Info

Full NameRichard Adams
DiedDecember 24, 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist
EducationHorris Hill School, Bradfield College, Worcester College, Oxford

Family

SpouseElizabeth Adams
ChildrenJuliet Johnson, Rosamond Mahony
ParentsEvelyn George Beadon Adams, Lilian Rosa Adams

Accomplishments

AwardsCarnegie Medal, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award
MoviesThe Girl in a Swing, The Plague Dogs, Watership Down
TV ShowsWatership Down

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Facts

#Fact
1His book 'Watership Down' has sold over 50-million copies worldwide.
2Adams served in the British Army from 1940 to 1945, during World War II.
3A career civil servant until he became a full-time free-lance writer in 1974, Adams worked in the British Ministry of Housing and Local Development for twenty years (1948-1968), then was hired as Assistant Secretary to the Department of the Environment. These careers had an obvious influence on his fantasy novels.
4He dedicated his novel "Watership Down" to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond, for whom he used to invent stories about rabbits and other animals while taking long drives to Stratford-on-Avon.
5In December 2011, property developers announced that they were planning to develop Sandleford Park, near Newbury, Berkshire, in a real-life parallel to the fictitious development of this area which prompted the rabbits to leave the warren in the book and film of Watership Down (1978). Richard Adams plans to organise stiff opposition to the development. "I'm going to oppose it tooth and nail. It's a beautiful piece of open country and the most beautiful area south of Newbury. The very idea of building on it makes your gorge rise.".

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Watership DownTV Mini-Series novel filming
Watership Down1999TV Series novel - 13 episodes
The Girl in a Swing1988novel
The Plague Dogs1982novel
Watership Down1978novel

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
University Challenge2011TV SeriesHimself
Wisdom2008Video documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell1987DocumentaryHimself - Author, Watership Down
Forty Minutes1982TV Series documentaryHimself (RSPCA)

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1979HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationWatership Down (1978)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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