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novelist , Orchardist , scholar

English novelist, orchardist, and scholar, author of the famous novel Lorna Doone.


Much of his childhood was spent in Devon; consequently his maturity and his novels show the sympathies of a West-country man. His ancestors were clergymen and farmers of substance.


Schooled at Blundell's school at Tiverton and at Exeter College, Oxford, he graduated with a B.A. in classics in 1847 and an M.A. in 1852.


During a university vacation Blackmore made his first attempt at writing a novel. This was the beginning of The Maid of Sker. After leaving Oxford and spending some time as a private tutor, Blackmore decided on a career in law. He entered the Middle Temple in 1849 and was called to the Bar in 1852. In 1854,Blackmore took the post of classics master at Wellesley House Grammar School, Hampton Road, Twickenham.

Poems by Melanter (1854)

Epullia (1854)

The Bugle of the Black Sea (1855)

The Fate of Franklin (1860)

Farm and Fruit of Old (1862)

Clara Vaughan (1864)

Craddock Nowell (1866)

Lorna Doone (1869)

The Maid of Sker (1872)

Alice Lorraine (1875)

Cripps the Carrier (1876)

Erema (1877)

Mary Anerley (1880)

Christowell (1882)

Sir Thomas Upmore (1884)

Springhaven (1887)

Kit and Kitty (1890)

Perlycross (1894)

Fringilla (1895)

Tales from a Telling House (1896)

Dariel (1897)


  • Blackmore’s best known and most successful novel, Lorna Doone (1869), established him in the front rank of British novelists of that time. With it, he pioneered a new romantic movement in English fiction.


  • novel

    • The Maid of Sker (1872)

    • Lorna Doone (1869)

    • Clara Vaughan (1864)


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