Lorna Doone

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In putting this new and somewhat elaborate edition of "Lorna Doone" upon a market already supplied with various others, some of them excellent in quality, we ask the literary men and women of the country to give us their kind support for the reasons set forth herewith.
In the first place, it seems to us that of the countless thousands of books that have been written in all the various languages, and during the many ages since first man took to scribbling, no one has ever yet ...
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Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor

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Overview

In putting this new and somewhat elaborate edition of "Lorna Doone" upon a market already supplied with various others, some of them excellent in quality, we ask the literary men and women of the country to give us their kind support for the reasons set forth herewith.
In the first place, it seems to us that of the countless thousands of books that have been written in all the various languages, and during the many ages since first man took to scribbling, no one has ever yet appeared which is the equal of this in its delicate and beautiful touches of both nature and human nature. We have had, in various ways, abundant proof that our feeling in this respect is not individual to ourselves, and we desire to thank heartily the many friends who have sent us their words and letters of encouragement, sympathy, and interest during the past year as they have by chance become aware of our plans.
While there were creditable editions already published, the fact that none existed just such as we ourselves wished for our own library was our primary incentive in undertaking this task. The labor upon which we entered was in short, one of love, and great as has been the expenditure of time, trouble, and money in the preparation of this book, we have faith to believe that there are a sufficient number of lovers of the peerless maiden, Lorna, to greet her appearance in this new dress with an enthusiasm that will in time repay us.
We earnestly hope that our judgment in the selection of artists, means, and materials has been, in the main, at least, wise, and that such, will be the verdict of book-lovers. Also, we hope that our lack of experience as publishers will disarm the critic, and that he will examine the book regarding only the excellences which he may find, and passing over its defects.
One special feature we wish particularly to call to the attention of all, and that is the beautiful map of the country we have introduced. This may be regarded by some as an innovation in a romance, but we hope that it will be found such a manifest convenience as to be its own sufficient excuse.

This version remains the only critical edition of a work which, since 1869, has never gone out of print.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781603120463
  • Publisher: Aegypan
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 1.27 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) wrote more than a dozen novels, five books of poetry, and translated Virgil’s Georgics.

Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Beautiful

    I first read Lorna Doone when I was in 3rd Grade and was sick with Mono. I didn't understand half of the book but it was so memorizing I couldn't stop reading.This is one of the best classics because you smile and cry and really feel like you are inside the story.Movies can only do so much justice to the literary genius. Don't be lazy read the book to really feel the story!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Highly recommended

    Lorna Doone is a combination of romance, adventure and history. The novel is set during the political and religious warfare of 17th century England. The aristocratic Doones are an outlaw clan, who lost their land and fortune in a legal dispute. They kidnap Lorna, heir to a vast fortune, when she is 5 years old and raise her as a Doone. The Doones plan to marry her to Carver Doone and then lay claim to her money and property. However, John Ridd, whose father was killed by the Doones, accidentally wanders into the Doone stronghold, where he meets Lorna. Even though she is a Doone he falls in love with her. The pair meets secretly for several years. Then John rescues Lorna to prevent her impending marriage to Carver. John's hopes of marrying Lorna are dashed when the British High Court discovers that Lorna is the daughter and immediate heir of the late Earl of Dugal. She becomes a ward of the court and is placed in the custody of an uncle. John and Lorna have to overcome rank (which was very rigid in those days), money and religious differences to find a way to be together. During the time period in which Lorna Doone was set King Charles II was on the throne. The Protestant British feared that Charles was too close to the Papacy and feared that the Pope was undermining British sovereignty. John Ridd's home becomes the base of operations for the King's troops and spies, who are out to prevent an uprising against the King. The book contains political intrigue, rebellions, a secret goldmine, an attack on the Doone stronghold that goes wrong when competing militias turn their guns on each other, religious tension and divided loyalties to the King. Lorna Doone is a wonderful book with a beautiful love story, edge-of-your-seat adventure and fascinating history. Some of the language is archaic, so I wouldn't recommend this novel for teenagers unless they are mature readers. If you love classic literature you will enjoy this book. English history buffs will also find this an interesting read due to its factual historical setting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    Cute

    Blackmoore writes very well, and with much character, which made the book so enchanting, you can't help but love John Ridd. However, the plot moves along extremely slowly for the first 300 pages. Otherwise, super!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Lorna Doone

    Gloriously satisfying....a joy to read and re-read.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Slow Begining. It does get better!!!

    Like i said the begining was very slow and rather boribg but as u get more into it it gets better! I do have to say that it was very similar to Romeo and Juliet. This is a real life account so i cant say its a ripp off of it but again very simiulat.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Coming of age

    As a very young child, John Ridd encounters the equally young Lorna while fishing in Doone territory. The Doones, born noble, were deprived of their birthright, and now live in a fortress above the Somerset moors, sometimes emerging to pillage the countryside for food, money, and comely women. It's love at first sight for John, who, in spite of the fact that the Doones murdered his own father, falls hard for the enchanting Lorna. Blackmore's romance/adventure takes the couple through trials and tribulations, and the lowborn John sadly doubts that he can ever be worthy of Lorna. Little does he know of her true origins.

    Blackmore, naturally, wrote in the language of his times, a style that tends toward poetical effusion. The modern reader must summon up the patience to work through the verbosity to find the gem of a story beneath. It's well worth the effort, and flashes of gentle satire and humor help make the journey a satisfying one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    A Romance of Exmoor

    I am in the process of reading this book right now and I think that it is the best book that I have ever read. The plot has unexpected twists and turns and it is a real page turner. It is simply wonderful!

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