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Watership Down: Introduction
Watership Down: Plot Summary
Watership Down: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Watership Down: Themes
Watership Down: Quotes
Watership Down: Characters
Watership Down: Terms
Watership Down: Symbols
Watership Down: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Richard Adams
Historical Context of Watership Down
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- Full Title: Watership Down
- When Written: Early 1972
- Where Written: England
- When Published: November 1972
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fiction
- Setting: England
- Climax: Bigwig, with the help of Kehaar the gull and several other rabbits from Watership Down, successfully breaks several rabbit does out of Efrafa, avoiding the dreaded General Woundwort and his army of dangerous rabbits.
- Antagonist: General Woundwort
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Watership Down
Storytime. Richard Adams first conceived of the characters from Watership Down when his two daughters asked him to tell them a story they had never heard while on a long car ride. The titular hill, Watership Down, is a real hill in north Hampshire, England, about six miles southwest of the town where Adams was born and raised.
Adaptable. Watership Down has been adapted for television, theater, radio, and even a role-playing game entitled Bunnies and Burrows. Perhaps its most famous adaptation is that of a 1978 animated film, featuring the voices of legends of stage and screen such as John Hurt and Zero Mostel.