The Great Boer War

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The Great Boer War is a non-fiction work on the Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle and first published in 1900. By the end of the war in 1902 the book had been published in 16 editions, constantly revised by Doyle

The book was completed in September 1900, at a time when the British believed that the war was over: in fact the penultimate chapter is titled "The end of the war". However, the war was to continue until 1902.

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Overview

The Great Boer War is a non-fiction work on the Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle and first published in 1900. By the end of the war in 1902 the book had been published in 16 editions, constantly revised by Doyle

The book was completed in September 1900, at a time when the British believed that the war was over: in fact the penultimate chapter is titled "The end of the war". However, the war was to continue until 1902.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595404091
  • Publisher: 1st World Library
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

The life of Arthur Conan Doyle illustrates the excitement and diversity of the Victorian age unlike that of any other single figure of the period. At different points in his life he was a surgeon on a whaling ship; a GP; an apprentice eye-surgeon; an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate (twice); a multi-talented sportsman; one of the inventors of cross-country skiing in Switzerland; a formidable public speaker; a campaigner against miscarriages of justice; a military strategist; a writer in a range of forms; and the head of an extraordinary family. In his autobiography, he wrote: 'I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded.' He was not wrong. But Conan Doyle was also a Victorian with a twist, a man of tensions and contradictions. He was fascinated by travel, exploration, and invention, indeed all things modern and technological; yet at the same time he was also very traditional, voicing support for values such as chivalry, duty, constancy, and honour. By the time of his death in July 1930 he was a celebrity, achieving worldwide fame and notoriety for his creation of the rationalist, scientific super-detective Sherlock Holmes; yet at the same time his later decades were taken up with his advocacy of the new religion of Spiritualism, in which he was a devoted believer.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    A wonderful read whether you are a history buff or not.

    The fact that it is written by A. Conan Doyle speaks for itself. A great history book along with a commentary of the times and motivations of a great nation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Dragonpaw

    Pads off too 'ite'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Shadowfre to Vlintor

    Shadowfire padded in. "Im pretty sure someone stole some of our food," she said clearing her throat, giving Vlintor a hardbstare

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    What is this place?

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    Posted August 3, 2014

    Briarpaw

    Hearing the conversation she slid out of the den and ran for her life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Craco

    "K boss."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Briarpaw

    Her voice cracked "Wh- who are th-they? What is th- that?" The apprentice sat up a little taller, determined o show the warrior inside. "I- I'm not afraid"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Craco

    "Naw. I did catch dis, though." He paws at a vole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Dragonpaw

    "Well, thats Bourow and Vlintor and Mandrake and Craco and Sicko. I am doing trade with them." He says, introducing each one.

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    Posted August 3, 2014

    Hazelfeather

    Snatches th mice, "what do we get in return?"

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    Posted August 6, 2014

    Mandrake

    Im just gonna leave you inactive bunch.

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    Posted August 6, 2014

    Bourow

    "Mandrake!"

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    Posted August 4, 2014

    Vlintor

    "We always borrow stuff, anyway, we neveh actually eat anythin' but the stuff Dragonpaw brings us n' voles." He paws a vole and some rabbit meat over to Shadowfire.

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    Posted August 3, 2014

    Sicko

    "We should just kill the little tresspass.."

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