Talk:Douglas Adams

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November 20, 2005Peer reviewReviewed
December 12, 2005Featured article candidatePromoted
September 1, 2009Featured article reviewDemoted
Current status: Former featured article

Section on Dawkins' book[edit]

I changed a couple of things, and lost the page reference because it changes from publication to publication (duh). The previous wikipedian wrote that it was on page 117, but the quote is on page 142 on my paperback edition. The quote is from the chapter "Why there almost certainly is no God", about two pages into "National selection as a consiousness-raiser" just after the first block-quote from the Salmon of Doubt. Matt Tait.


I came in here via the category Pages with broken reference names and in tracking down the problem found that the first named citation was in the 'Influences' section of the Writer InfoBox. I've fixed that but I noticed Influences/Influenced in the Infobox weren't displaying and found that it was removed from the template on 4 Aug 2013[1] after a discussion on the Template Talk page.[2] Given that it was redundant I removed those as well but there was some info it it that may be useful elsewhere in the article. Influences:



  1. ^ Culture: Books: Douglas Adams, The Guardian, 22 July 2008
  2. ^ Gregg Pearlman, Exclusive Interview with Douglas Adams, 27 March 1987
  3. ^ Exclusive Interview with M. J. Simpson, Life, DNA & H2G2, 11 May 2002
  4. ^ Bunce, Kim (5 November 2006). "Observer, ''The God Delusion'', 5 November 2006". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
  5. ^ "The Third Degree: Greg Rucka". Jupiter's Legacy #2 (June 2013) Image Comics. p. 27.


This article is full of trivia (who he went to school with etc) presented in a chatty way. There are also too many meaningless tributes. This was raised some years ago, and I think it is time this was all removed from the article.--Jack Upland (talk) 06:23, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

I have removed a lot of the trivia. I don't see why we need all the details of his wordprocessors, but maybe someone can explain that.--Jack Upland (talk) 08:10, 30 December 2018 (UTC)


Despite doing very little work—he recalled having completed three essays in three years—he graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in English literature.

I think it is impossible to graduate with a BA after only writing three essays. He must have been joking or exaggerating.--Jack Upland (talk) 07:47, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

He got his BA in 1974 and his MA in 1978. But a Cambridge MA is a little it different:,_Cambridge,_and_Dublin). St John's archive has some of his essays and dissertation.