Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
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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.

First time in Penguin Classics
Since its publication in 1869, Lorna Doone has never been out of print
Features explanatory notes, a list of suggestions for further reading, a dictionary of Dorset dialect, and a map of Doone Valley


About R.D. Blackmore

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Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) wrote more than a dozen novels, five books of poetry, and translated Virgil’s Georgics. R. D. Madison is director of English Honors at the U.S. Naval Academy. Michelle Allen teaches Victorian literature at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Published October 25, 2005 by Penguin Classic. 620 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference, History, Romance, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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If you want to read the full plot summary with spoilers it can be found here Lorna Doone – Plot Summary Personally I found this edition to be an excellent abridgment of what is to this day a tale worth reading.

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