Lorna Doone

Author: Richard Doddridge Blackmore


This work is called a ’romance,’ because the incidents, characters, time, and scenery, are alike romantic. And in shaping this old tale, the Writer neither dares, nor desires, to claim for it the dignity or cumber it with the difficulty of an historic novel.

And yet he thinks that the outlines are filled in more carefully, and the situations (however simple) more warmly coloured and quickened, than a reader would expect to find in what is called a ’legend.’

And he knows that any son of Exmoor, chancing on this volume, cannot fail to bring to mind the nurse-tales of his childhood—the savage deeds of the outlaw Doones in the depth of Bagworthy Forest, the beauty of the hapless maid brought up in the midst of them, the plain John Ridd’s Herculean power, and (memory’s too congenial food) the exploits of Tom Faggus.

March, 1869.


Related Resources

R. D. Blackmore

Download Options

Title: Lorna Doone

Select an option:

*Note: A download may not start for up to 60 seconds.

Email Options

Title: Lorna Doone

Select an option:

Email addres:

*Note: It may take up to 60 seconds for for the email to be generated.

Chicago: Richard Doddridge Blackmore, "Preface," Lorna Doone, trans. Evans, Sebastian in Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor Original Sources, accessed July 20, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4M92KQ1Z86X3JV8.

MLA: Blackmore, Richard Doddridge. "Preface." Lorna Doone, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor, Original Sources. 20 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4M92KQ1Z86X3JV8.

Harvard: Blackmore, RD, 'Preface' in Lorna Doone, trans. . cited in , Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor. Original Sources, retrieved 20 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4M92KQ1Z86X3JV8.