|Douglas Adams was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where he read English literature. His first published work was a short story in Eagle comic, age 11.|
He was creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which started life as a BBC Radio 4 series in 1978 and became a best-selling novel.
He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); and Mostly Harmless (1992). Other publications include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (1988).
Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 of a sudden heart attack. He was 49. He had been living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and daughter.
In a long and varied career Douglas also worked as a chicken shed cleaner, a bodyguard for an Arab royal family, and even appeared (briefly) as a guitarist for Pink Floyd. The Minor Planet Centre space agency has named an asteroid (number 18610) 'Arthurdent'.
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