First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a young farmer's boy determined to avenge his father's death at the hands of the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon.
Part Romeo & Juliet, part revenge, and part romance set against the lavish and lonely expanse of the moors, this epic of star-crossed lovers, unbridled greed, dark secrets, and ruthless ambitions is a stirring and intensely romantic story for those who enjoy the action and intensity of war, revenge, and period drama. The story is so classically powerful that numerous stage, film, and television versions have been produced over the years.
R.D. BLACKMORE (1825 –1900) was one of the most famous English novelists of the nineteenth century. Lorna Doone established him in the front rank of British novelists of that time. With it, he pioneered a new romantic movement in English fiction, winning acclaim for his vivid descriptions and plot twists. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and unsurpassed descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.