Blackmore, Richard Doddridge. Born in 1825. Modern British novelist. In 1852 was called to the bar, and practiced for a short time. Turning to literature, he produced his first novel, "Clara Vaughn," in 1864. His first distinct success was "Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor," which reached many editions. Of his many subsequent books, perhaps the best was "The Maid of Sker." Died 1900.