“Richard Adams, the British novelist who became one of the world’s best-selling authors with his first book, ‘Watership Down,’ a tale of rabbits whose adventures in a pastoral realm of epic perils explored Homeric themes of exile, courage and survival, died on Saturday,” writes Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times, noting that Adams was 96.
No cause of death was given.
McFadden writes, “For much of his life, Mr. Adams was an anonymous civil servant in London who wrote government reports on the environment. But he was also an unpublished dabbler in fiction, an amateur naturalist and a father who made up rabbit stories to entertain his two young daughters on long drives in the country.”
Adams was 52 when “Watership Down” was first published in the United Kingdom. Mcfadden adds that the book became “a staple of high school English classes and one of the best-selling books of the century, with an estimated 50 million copies in print in 18 languages worldwide.” The book was made into an animated feature film in 1978.
Adams wrote a number of other books, but none as popular as “Watership Down.”
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Here’s a short BBC story we found about Adams on YouTube, taped two years ago: