Lorna Doone

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Penguin, Oct 25, 2005 - Fiction - 800 pages
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First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.

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Review: Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

The plethora of interesting aspects to this book makes it difficult to decide about which ones to write. John Ridd is a young boy living in the wilds of western England in the 17th century, when his ... Read full review

Review: Lorna Doone (Classic Reward)

User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

I tried to listen to the 3 hour abridged version of this book, but after 45 minutes I gave up. Very, very boring. Read full review

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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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