See also:English novelist, was
See also:born on the 7th of
See also:June 1825 at Longworth, Berk-
See also:shire, of which
See also:village his
See also:father was curate in
See also:charge . He was educated at Blundell's school,
See also:Tiverton, and Exeter
See also:Oxford, where he obtained a scholarship . In 1847 he took a second class in
See also:classics . Two years later he entered as a student at the
See also:Temple, and was called to the
See also:bar in 1852 . His first publication was a
See also:volume of Poems by Melanter (1854), which showed no particular promise, nor did the succeeding volume, Epullia (1855), suggest that Blackmore had the makings of a poet . He was nevertheless enthusiastic in his pursuit of literature; and when, a few years later, the
See also:complete breakdown of his
See also:health rendered it clear that he must remove from
See also:London, he deter-
See also:mined to combine a
See also:life in the
See also:country with a business career as a market-gardener . He acquired
See also:land at
See also:Teddington, and set earnestly to
See also:work, the literary fruits of his new surroundings being a
See also:translation of the Georgics, published in 1862 . In 1864 he published his first novel,
See also:Vaughan, the merits of which were promptly recognized .
See also:Nowell (1866) followed, but it was in 1869 that he suddenly sprang into fame with Lorna Doone . This
See also:story was a
See also:pioneer in the romantic revival; and appearing at a jaded
See also:hour, it was presently recognized as a work of singular charm, vigour and
See also:imagination . Its success could scarcely be repeated, and though Blackmore wrote many other capital stories, of which the best known are The Maid of Sker (1872), Christowell (188o), Perlycross (1894), Tales from the Telling
See also:House (1896) and Dariel (1897), he will always be remembered almost exclusively as the author of Lorna Doone . He continued his quiet country life to the last, and died at Teddington on the loth of
See also:January 190o, in his seventy-fifth
See also:year .
Lorna Doone has the true out-of-
See also:door atmosphere, is shot through and through with adventurous spirit, and in its dramatic moments shows both vigour and intensity . The heroine, though she is invested with qualities of faery which are scarcely human, is an idyllic and haunting figure; and
See also:John Ridd, the
See also:bluff hero, is, both in purpose and achievement, a veritable
See also:giant of
See also:romance . The story is a classic of the West country, and the many pilgrimages that are made annually to the Doone Valley (the actual characteristics of which differ materially from the descriptions given in the novel) are entirely inspired by the buoyant imagination of
See also:Richard Blackmore . A memorial window and tablet to his memory were erected in Exeter
See also:cathedral in 1904 .
SIR RICHARD BLACKMORE (c. 1650-1729)
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