Newswire: R.I.P. Richard Adams, author of Watership Down

The BBC reports that Watership Down author Richard Adams has died at the age of 96. According to his daughter, Juliet Johnson, Adams had been “ailing for some time,” but “died peacefully” on December 24.

The English novelist was born in 1920 in Wash Common, England. He studied modern history at the University of Oxford before being drafted into the English army in 1940. He was in active duty until 1946, when he returned to Worcester College. After graduating in 1948, he joined the British Civil Service; first as part of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, then in the Department of the Environment.

The steady job allowed Adams to provide for his family, including his two daughters, for whom he’d begun to craft the fraught tale of Watership Down. They encouraged him to publish it, which he did via Rex Collings in 1972, though only after meeting …

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