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Richard Adams was an English novelist. He is best known as the author of Watership Down. His other works include Shardik and The Plague Dogs.
Richard was born on 9 May 1920 in Wash Common near Newbury, Berkshire, England. He was the fourth child of Evelyn George Beadon Adams, a country doctor, and Lilian Rosa Button.
He attended Bradfield College in Berkshire, and studied history for two years at Worcester College, Oxford. In 1940, he joined an airborne company of the Royal Army Service Corps. He served in Palestine, Europe, and the Far East. In 1946, he returned to Oxford, and graduated in 1948. He then joined the civil service, and worked in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and in the Department of the Environment.
He married Barbara Elizabeth Acland in 1949, and they had two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond.
He began telling his daughters a story about rabbits, and they urged him to write it down. The book, Watership Down, was rejected seven times, but was finally accepted by Rex Collings, and was published in 1972. The book won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1975.
He was president of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1980–1982.
In 2010, he was the recipient of the inaugural Whitchurch arts award.
Richard passed away at 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve 2016.
The Iron Wolf and Other Stories (1980), published in the US as The Unbroken Web: Stories and Fables. Color Illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, b&w illustrations by Jennifer Campbell. ISBN 978-0-517-40375-4