Blackmore, Richard Dodridge

Blackmore, Richard Dodridge


Born June 7, 1825, in Berkshire; died Jan. 20, 1900, in Teddington. English writer. Son of a country clergyman.

Blackmore was educated at Oxford University and became a lawyer and a teacher. He published the anthology Poems by Melanter (1854), and is the author of the historical novels Lorna Doone (1869), The Maid of Sker (1872), and others. The first of these, which brought Blackmore widespread fame, portrays 17th-century England. Blackmore’s heroines are girls from the common people. His language and style are rich in elements of colloquial speech.


Clara Vaughan. London [1913].
Springhaven. London-New York [1925].


Snell, F. J. The Blackmore Country. London, 1906.
Dunn, W. H. R. D. Blackmore. London, 1956.
Budd, K. The Last Victorian: R. D. Blackmore and His Novels. London, 1960.