Blackmore, Richard Doddridge
Born: Jun 06, 1825 AD
Died: 1900 AD, at 74 years of age.
1825 - Born on June 7th in Longworth, Berkshire, England. English Victorian novelist whose novel Lorna Doone won a secure place among English historical romances.
1847 - Won a scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, from where he graduated.
- He began a novel called 'The Maid of Sker' although it remained unfinished for many years.
1852 - He was called to the bar, having entered the Middle Temple three years previously.
1853 - Richard married Lucy Maguire, a twenty-six year old Roman Catholic.
1854 - He moved to Hamton Wick (Middlesex) in order to take up the post of classics master at the Wellesley House Grammar School in nearby Twickenham.
- Blackmore published his first work of literature, 'Poems by Melanter,' followed by a second volume, 'Epullia,'.
1864 - Blackmore published his first novel, Clara Vaughan, which was immediately recognized for its excellent qualities.
1866-1869 - 'Cradock Nowell' followed, but came to public attention with his Lorna Doone, produced in both triple and single volumes.
1887 - He wrote, "Springhaven".
1900 - Died on January 20th in Teddington, Middlesex.
- He finally died there after a long and painful illness, and nearly twelve years of widowhood. He was buried in Teddington Cemetery.
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