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Richard Adams (1) (1920–2016)

Autor(a) de Watership Down

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Richard George Adams was born in Newbury, England on May 9, 1920. He enrolled at the University of Oxford in 1938, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. During the war, he served with the British airborne forces in the Middle East and India. After the war, he returned to Oxford and mostrar mais received a degree in history in 1948. He joined the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and worked his way up over 20 years to a senior post in the clean-air section of the environmental department. He retired in 1974 to become a full-time writer. His first his novel, Watership Down, was published in 1972. It received the Carnegie Medal in Literature in 1972 and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1973. His other books include Shardik, The Plague Dogs, Traveller, and Tales from Watership Down. He also wrote an autobiography entitled The Day Gone By. He died on December 24, 2016 at the age of 96. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Richard Adams

Watership Down (1972) 24,268 exemplares
Tales from Watership Down (1996) — Autor — 2,493 exemplares
The Plague Dogs (1977) 2,151 exemplares
Shardik (1974) 2,080 exemplares
Maia (1984) 926 exemplares
The Girl in a Swing (1980) 828 exemplares
Traveller (1988) 442 exemplares
The Iron Wolf and Other Stories (1980) 389 exemplares
The Tyger Voyage (1976) 168 exemplares
Nature Through the Seasons (1975) 147 exemplares
The Ship's Cat (1977) 119 exemplares
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Editor — 69 exemplares
Nature Day and Night (1978) 61 exemplares
The Day Gone By (1905) 58 exemplares
Voyage Through the Antarctic (1982) 54 exemplares
Watership Down: The Graphic Novel (2023) 37 exemplares
A Nature Diary (1985) 34 exemplares
The Legend of Te Tuna (1982) 30 exemplares
The Outlandish Knight (1999) 27 exemplares
Daniel (2006) 19 exemplares
The Bureaucats (1985) 15 exemplares
Flykten från Bekla : Maia 2 (1987) 14 exemplares
The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon (2018) 13 exemplares
Watership Down / Shardik (1900) 10 exemplares
Maia, Parts 1 and 2 (1987) 9 exemplares
Watership Down Friend and Foe (2000) 5 exemplares
Watership Down Pipkin's Rainbow (2000) 4 exemplares
Maia: The Peasant (1989) 3 exemplares
Maia: The Slave-Girl (1989) 3 exemplares
Occasional Poets: An Anthology (1986) 3 exemplares
Maia: The Serrelinda (1989) 3 exemplares
Maia: The Suban (1989) 2 exemplares
Ruohometsän kansa (2018) 2 exemplares
Crab [short story] (1980) 1 exemplar
Adams Richard 1 exemplar
La ‰ragazza sull'altalena (1986) 1 exemplar
The Giant Eel [short story] (1980) 1 exemplar
The Robin [short story] (1980) 1 exemplar
The Iron Wolf [short story] (1980) 1 exemplar
Stonecrop [short story] (1996) 1 exemplar
Campion [short story] (1996) 1 exemplar
Sandwort [short story] (1996) 1 exemplar
Flyairth [short story] (1996) 1 exemplar
The New Warren [short story] (1996) 1 exemplar
The Woodpecker [short story] (1980) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contribuidor — 1,356 exemplares
Watership Down [1978 film] (1978) — Original book — 145 exemplares
The Private Life of the Rabbit (1965) — Introdução, algumas edições118 exemplares
The Phoenix Tree: An Anthology of Myth Fantasy (1980) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
Shivers for Christmas (1995) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Kingdoms of Sorcery: An Anthology of Adult Fantasy (1976) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
The Plague Dogs [1982 film] — Original book — 11 exemplares
Gentle Footprints (2010) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Girl in a Swing [1988 film] (2014) — Original book — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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Adams, Richard George
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Donated to Medical Science
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Newbury, Berkshire, Engeland, UK
Local de falecimento
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Causa da morte
complications of a blood disorder
Locais de residência
Isle of Man
Whitchurch, Hampshire, Engeland, UK
Bradfield College
University of Oxford(Worcester College)
Horris Hill School, Newbury
civil servant
Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Local Government
Adams, Elizabeth (wife)
Adams, Juliet (daughter)
Adams, Rosamond (daughter)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
British Army(WWII)
British Civil Service
Prémios e menções honrosas
Whitchurch Award
Royal Society of Literature(Fellow ∙ 1975)

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Richard Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College. In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History. On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany. In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years (1946-48). He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953.

He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974. Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been a full-time author.

He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book. It took two years to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972. To date, Adams' best-known work has sold over 50 million copies world-wide, earning him more than all his other books put together.

As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.

He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.



Watership Down em Centipede Press (Agosto 24)
Watership Down em The Green Dragon (Julho 24)
Richard Adams em Legacy Libraries (Julho 2018)
Watership Down em Someone explain it to me... (Janeiro 2017)
Group Read: Watership Down (Spoiler) em 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (Setembro 2012)
Group Read: Watership Down (Non-spoiler) em 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (Julho 2011)


A delightful book, even better the second time around.

This classic tale has something relatable for everyone. While yes the characters are rabbits, the overall tale is one that can easily be applied to people as far as a tale of survival and perseverance.

The story shows the resilience and determination. Sensing danger a brave group dares to set out and build a new home. Just as many refugees, the rabbits have their struggles yet their legends and myths help guide them and by sticking together they succeed.

There are lessons throughout this book that can teach us all something.
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TiffanyCutshall | 465 outras críticas | Dec 3, 2023 |
Entertaining, but surprisingly gruesome. Hard to believe he wrote this for his daughters given his consistent disparagement of the rabbit does.
FKarr | 465 outras críticas | Nov 29, 2023 |
My brother bought this for me as I had said that I had always wanted to read it as a child and never had. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I know it's been said before, but it has a lot in common with post-apocalyptic fiction, which has come so much more into vogue in the decades since this was written. A lot of lessons on leadership too, for those into that kinda thing.
thisisstephenbetts | 465 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |
2.5 stars

The story was meh - I had a hard time getting into it, as the pace was so very slow in the beginning. It finally began to pick up about 1/2 or 2/3 of the way through.

I have to say, the fact that Adams felt it necessary to make up a rabbit "language" was strange to me, and it only served to make the story even more confusing (and long) in the beginning, when he has to keep explaining what these made-up words mean.

I normally love it when books have quotes at the beginning at the chapter - it adds a certain depth. I often end up liking the quotes more than the book itself, even. But this book had many quotes included that were in foreign languages, and no English translation was given - this didn't make any sense to me.

Also, there was a bit of language, particularly the D-word, along with made-up profanity. This was so unnecessary!

It was okay - I'm glad to be done with it, since it's been on my to-read list for so long - but I just wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

One quote I did like:

"Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it. For them there is no winter food problem. They have fires and warm clothes. The winter cannot hurt them and therefore increases their sense of cleverness and security. For birds and animals, as for poor men, winter is another matter." (p. 465)
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RachelRachelRachel | 465 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |


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