TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Douglas Adams - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Douglas Adams

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams   (1952 - 2001)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born:  March 11, 1952
Cambridge, England
 
Died:  May 11, 2001
 
Related authors:
Rachel Carson
 
list all writers
 
 
Douglas Adams - LIFE STORIES
 
 
5/11/2001     The Douglas Adams Galaxy
On this day in 2001 Douglas Adams died of a heart attack, aged forty-nine. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels have sold fifteen million copies, and the Dirk Gently books have also done well, but Adams said that he was proudest of Last Chance to See, a documentary of his expeditions to observe a handful of near-extinct animal species.
top of page
 
 
 
SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Life, the Universe and Everything (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
anthology, fiction
 
Mostly Harmless (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
anthology, fiction
 
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
anthology, fiction
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
anthology, fiction
 
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
anthology, fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY DOUGLAS ADAMS AT Powell's Books
TinL Premium Members save 10% on every order! (please login)
 
top of page
 
 
 
SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
The Unofficial Guide to the Hitch-Hiker's Guide
by M. J. Simpson
guide
 
FIND BOOKS BY DOUGLAS ADAMS AT Powell's Books
TinL Premium Members save 10% on every order! (please login)
 
top of page
 
 
   
 
BBC - Douglas Adams - 1952 - 2001
A selection of links to tributes, obituaries, and Adams's contributions to the BBC, including selected entries from the author's guide to the Guide:

"When I originally described The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, over twenty years ago, I was only joking. I didn't see myself as a predictive kind of science fiction writer, like Arthur C. Clarke who more or less single-handedly invented the communications satellite. The Guide was just a narrative device which allowed me to run off at tangents whenever the story seemed to be getting a bit dull...."
Guardian Unlimited Books
Offers a brief overview of the author's life, with links to selected articles published in the Guardian, including an obituary. Also offered is an article which describes the influence of Lewis Carroll (and others) on Adams's works:

"Carroll, along with Wodehouse, was one of Adams's comic heroes, and his affection for him tinges his writing. Like Carroll's fabulous mock-epic poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1876), the Hitchhiker series is a brilliant skit on quests for ultimate meaning of any kind. Carroll's crew fruitlessly pursues the Snark, while Adams portrays the Earth as a miscued mega-computer vainly dedicated to calculating the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. That it eventually spits out '42' is a nod to Carroll, who was obsessed with the number."
Interviews with Don Swaim
"He got the idea for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while hitchhiking through Europe as a teenager. Douglas Adams, author of Life, the Universe and Everything, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, calls himself a comedy writer who used the science fiction format. Douglas Adams talks to Don Swaim in 1983 about looking at the stars and deciding to write a galactic hitchhiker's guide and being influenced by the writing of P.G. Wodehouse."
top of page
 

September 20, 2017
memebers Login
 
The TinL masthead features photography by Natasha D'Schommer , and the book art featured is by Jim Rosenau.
 
site by erich design
 
privacy policy »   site map »   »   FAQ’s   »   comments »