From its beginnings as a BBC radio comedy series in 1978, Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” eventually expanded into a “trilogy” of five books, which together sold more than 15 million copies worldwide during Adams’ lifetime and inspired a television series, several stage plays, comic books, a computer game, and a film in 2005.
Adams’s accomplishments in British radio are celebrated in the hall of fame that the Radio Academy established in 2003. In addition, Adams collaborated on three Doctor Who short tales, as well as the novels Dirk Gently, ‘s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988).
Last Chance to See (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), and The Meaning of Liff (1983) (1990).
Adams’ parents, nurse Janet (1927-2016) and management consultant Christopher Douglas Adams (1927-1985), who had previously worked as a probation officer and lectured on probationary group therapy techniques, had their first child on March 11, 1952, in Cambridge.
A few months after his birth, the family relocated to London’s East End, where his sister Susan was born three years later.
After his parents split up in 1957, he and his sisters, Susan and Douglas, went home with their maternal grandparents, who managed an RSPCA animal refuge in Brentwood, Essex. Adams now has four half-siblings because his parents remarried. Benjamin Franklin Wedekind, a dramatist, was a great-grandfather.
Adam went to Brentwood’s Primrose Hill Primary School. He aced the Brentwood School admission exam when he was just nine years old. From 1959 to 1964, he studied at the preparatory school, and from 1965 to December 1970, he finished high school. By the time Adams was 12, he had already reached his full height of 6 feet (1.8 m) (1.96 m).
Adams’s form teacher, Frank Halford, recalled that the student was embarrassed by his height since it made him stand out. Because of his talent as a writer, he quickly gained popularity in his classroom. The fact that he was the only student in Halford’s history to receive a perfect score on a creative writing assignment was something he never forgot, and it helped him overcome writer’s block whenever he encountered it.
At the school, he had his first pieces published, including a feature on the school’s photography club in The Brentwoodian in 1962 and parody reviews in the school magazine Broadsheet, edited by Paul Neil Milne Johnstone, who would go on to become a character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide.
In 1965, he also had a letter and short story published in The Eagle, a boys’ comic, and designed the cover for an issue of the Broadsheet. Adams, then 17 years old, wrote a poem titled “A Dissertation on the task of writing a poem on a candle and an account of some of the difficulties thereto related,” which was found in a school closet in early 2014.
Douglas Adams Quotes
Only a child sees things with perfect clarity because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.
In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.