Hugh Lofting


Born
in Maidenhead, The United Kingdom
January 14, 1886

Died
September 26, 1942

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Hugh Lofting was a British author, trained as a civil engineer, who created the character of Doctor Dolittle — one of the classics of children's literature.

Lofting was born in Maidenhead, England, to English and Irish parents. His early education was at Mount St Mary's College in Sheffield, after which he went to the United States, completing a degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He traveled widely as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Irish Guards to serve in World War I. Not wishing to write to his children of the brutality of the war, he wrote imaginative letters that were the foundation of the successful Doctor Dolittle novels for children. Seriously wounded in the war, he moved with his family
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The Story of Doctor Dolittl...

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The Voyages of Doctor Dolit...

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Doctor Dolittle's Circus (D...

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Doctor Dolittle's Post Offi...

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Doctor Dolittle's Zoo (Doct...

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Doctor Dolittle in the Moon...

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Doctor Dolittle's Return (D...

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Doctor Dolittle and the Gre...

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The Story of Doctor Dolittle The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle's Post Office Doctor Dolittle's Circus Doctor Dolittle's Zoo Doctor Dolittle's Caravan Doctor Dolittle's Garden
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“Some people you will always have about you whom you can trust, and no man these days can boast of more than that. Remember them; forget the others.”
Hugh Lofting

“What is war?' I asked.
Oh, it's a messy, stupid business,' he said, 'Two sides wave flags and beat drums and shoot one another dead. It always begins this way, making speeches, talking about rights, and all that sort of thing.'
But what is it for? What do they get out of it?'
I don't know,' he said. 'To tell you the truth, I don't think they know themselves.”
Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary
tags: war

“I suppose once you've been accused of being a witch, you're never really safe. People may blame all sorts of accidents and misfortunes on you.”
Hugh Lofting, The Twilight of Magic

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