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Richard Adams own copy of Paradise Lost read almost every day to prepare writing
1794. Milton (John). Paradise Lost: A Poem, in Twelve Books, printed for J. & H. Richter, London. 1794. 1st (and only subscription) Edition Thus. From the private library of the late Richard Adams, celebrated author of Watership Down. This being his own personal copy. Richard Adams would read Paradise Lost almost every day to prepare himself for writing (see below). Adams would also read Paradise Lost to (and embarrass) his children (see below). Impeccable provenance (purchased by myself from the sale of his library by his daughters) and with Richard Adams bookplate pasted to the front inner board. In Richard Adams obituary within the Independent newspaper of 29 December 2016 (independent.co.uk/news/richard-adams-author-of-the-bestselling-novel-watership-down-a7498616.html), it is stated that, 'His writing method remained the same: he wrote in longhand on legal pads, revising constantly and producing a maximum of 1,000 words a day. Each day he prepared by reading aloud from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene or Marcel Proust in translation'. Richard Adams clearly enjoyed reading Paradise Lost as can be seen from the state of this well-loved copy (see below). Discussing Richard Adams' love of literature, in 2017, his daughter, Juliet Johnson, stated that 'When my sister and I were children, he would often bring us home a book full of pictures and stories, and he read to us constantly - The Hobbit, Paradise Lost, Moonfleet.... He never quite succeeded in imparting to us his own overpowering love of poetry - and when I became a teenager, his overem … [Click Below for Full Description]
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