Richard Adams, British author, Died at 96

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Richard George Adams was born on May 9, 1920, and died on December 24, 2016.

He was an English novelist.

Adams was best known as the author of Watership Down, Shardik and The Plague Dogs.

Adams studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II.

Then, Adams completed his studies, and then joined the British Civil Service.

During 1974, two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2010 with a party at the White Hart in his hometown of Whitchurch, Hampshire, where Sir George Young presented him with a painting by a local artist.

He wrote a poetic piece celebrating his home of the past 28 years.

Before his death, Adams resided with his wife Elizabeth in Whitchurch, within 10 miles (16 km) of his birthplace.

Their daughters, to whom Adams originally related the tales that became Watership Down, are Juliet and Rosamond.

He died in Oxford, England from complications of a blood disorder.

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