Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920 in Newbury , England , † December 24, 2016 in Oxford ) was a British writer . His novel Down by the River , published in 1972, about a group of wild rabbits looking for a new home , became a worldwide bestseller .
Richard Adams was born in Newbury on May 9, 1920. After serving in the British Army in World War II from 1940 to 1946, he completed his studies in modern history at Worcester College at Oxford University with a master's degree in 1948 . From 1948 to 1974 he worked as an official for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government , a forerunner of the later British Ministry of the Environment , in London .
After the commercial success of Down by the River , Richard Adams gave up his original profession after the publication of his next work Shardik in 1974 and became a full-time writer . As President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and candidate of the independent Conservatives , he was also committed to animal welfare and the end of fox hunting in England . For tax reasons, he later moved to the Isle of Man . He then lived with his wife Elizabeth in Whitchurch , less than 20 kilometers from his hometown.
- 1972: Watership Down , German translation: Down by the river
- 1974: Shardik , German translation: Shardik
- 1976: The Tyger Voyage , German translation by Elisabeth Borchers : The journey of the two tigers
- 1977: The Plague Dogs , German translation: The dogs of the black death
- 1980: The Girl in a Swing , German translation: The girl on the swing
- 1982: The Legend of Te Tuna
- 1984: Maia , German translation: Maia
- 1988: Traveler , German translation: Traveler
- 1999: The Outlandish Knight
- 2006: Daniel
- 1975: Nature Through the Seasons , German translation: The four seasons in nature
- 1978: Nature Day and Night , German translation: Nature by day and night
- 1982: Voyage Through the Antarctic , with Ronald M. Lockley
- 1985: A Nature Diary
- 1990: Antarctica: Voices from the Silent Continent
Edited volumes with short stories
- 1980: The Iron Wolf and other Stories , American title: The Unbroken Web , German translation: Der eiserne Wolf
- 1986: Tales from Watership Down , German translation: News from Watership Down
- 1978: Sinister and Unnatural Stories , alternative title: Sinister and Supernatural Stories
- 1981: Grimm's Fairy Tales
- 1981: Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories
- 1977: The Ship's Cat , picture book with texts by Richard Adams
- 1995: Shivers for Christmas , contains the short story The Bommie and the Drop-Off by Richard Adams
- 1990: The Day Gone By
Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96.BBC News , December 27, 2016, accessed December 29, 2016 . Requiescat in pace. Watership Down Enterprises, December 27, 2016, accessed December 29, 2016 .
- The Rights of Animals: A Declaration Against Speciesism. In: RSPCA Members Watchdog No 81. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), July 2000, archived from the original on May 31, 2008 ; accessed on December 29, 2016 .
- Thank yo. In: RSPCA Members Watchdog No 75. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), September 1999, archived from the original on May 31, 2008 ; accessed on December 29, 2016 .
- Literature by and about Richard Adams in the catalog of the German National Library
- Richard Adams in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Richard Adams in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (English)
- 1985 Book Beat interview with Richard Adams on CBS about his work as a writer (MP3 file)
- Richard Adams in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Adams, Richard George (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 9, 1920|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Newbury , England|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 24, 2016|
|Place of death||Oxford , England|