Richard Adams, Author of Watership Down, Has Died at 96

English novelist Richard Adams, who wrote the classic children’s novel Watership Down, has died at 96. That bestseller began as a story Adams first improvised for his bored children during a long car ride: In it, a group of rabbits led by Hazel seek out a new home upon learning that their warren is on the brink of destruction. Adams was persuaded to write his tale down, and after a few years and over a dozen rejection letters—as the BBC points out, Watershp Down’s violent and...

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