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Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

The work is a romance and not a historical novel, because the author neither "dares, nor desires, to claim for it the dignity or cumber it with the difficulty of an historical novel." As such, it combines elements of traditional romance, of Sir Walter Scott's historical novel tradition, of the pastoral tradition, of traditional Victorian values, and of the contemporary sensation novel trend. The basis for Blackmore's historical understanding is Macaulay's History of England and its analysis of the Monmouth rebellion. Along with the historical aspects are folk traditions, such as the many legends based around both the Doones and Tom Faggus. The composer Puccini once considered using the story as the plot for an opera, but abandoned the idea.

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ISBN-13: 9780143039327
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 225,906
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 9.98(h) x 1.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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Lorna Doone 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
lindawwilson on LibraryThing 7 days ago
An all time favorite; everything a novel should be; suggested to me by my father when we were in a used bookstore together when I was in my early 20's.
Misfit on LibraryThing 7 days ago
What an awesome tale. Written in the 19th century, but telling a tale about the late 1600's during the times of Charles II and James II. Our hero, John Ridd is a simple, albeit wise and honorable farmer who as a young lad meets Lorna Doone of the dreaded, evil outlaw family of higher born Doones, and it's love at first sight. There are lots of ups and downs and surprises, along with the author's gorgeous prose decribing the english countryside and farmlife. You have to pay attention though, as none of the characters are wasted. What might seem as inconsequential events and characters earlier in the story are brought back in full circle to the tale, along with a great mystery about Lorna's past as the author slowly peels out the many layers of his story. Highly highly recommended. If you enjoy Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte or Dickens this will probably be right up your alley.
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