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Richard Adams was born in Newbury Berkshire England in 1920 He served in the British Army from 1940 through 1946 during World War II In 1948 Adams received a maters degree from Worcester College at Oxford University He worked as a civil servant from 1948 to 1974 and since 1974 has been a fulltime author Adams wrote his first novel Watership Down while still a civil servant in 1972 The novel won him the Carnegie Medal and was a large success in England but did not bring him true fame until it was widely heralded in the United States Adams has written several other novels including Shardik 1974 The Plague Dogs 1977 and Traveller 1988 In 1991 he published an autobiography The Day Gone By and five years later published the sequel to Watership Down entitled Tales From Watership Down 1996 Watership Down has remained Adamss most successful novel popular with both adults and children Although several of his other books have sold well none of them has ever come close to reaching the critical acclaim of Watership Down Adams is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts Much of Watership Down takes place in the area where Richard Adams grew up The detailed descriptions of the natural world in which the rabbits live therefore stem from his actual experiences Adams has seen the places that he writes about although the novel is fantasy it is geographically accurate Watership Down has been viewed as a statement about nature an attempt to give us a glimpse into the beautiful yet removed world of the woods and grasslands Humankind destroys animals environments at a frightening rate and yet does so without any real knowledge of what it is doing Adams presents rabbits as intelligent caring feeling creatures who undergo many trials and misfortunes for the sole purpose of finding a home where they can
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