Micah Clarke

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This historical novel, first published in 1889, was Doyle's third book -- his first hardcover one, preceded only by the two paper-wrappered titles A Study in Scarlet and The Mystery of Cloomber. Micah Clarke was quite successful, running through several quick printings, though Doyle had to take it to numerous publishers before Andrew Lang at Longmans finally accepted it. Doyle brought together his knowledge of the seventeenth century and supplemented it with months of research on detail. Then, at intervals of ...
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Overview

This historical novel, first published in 1889, was Doyle's third book -- his first hardcover one, preceded only by the two paper-wrappered titles A Study in Scarlet and The Mystery of Cloomber. Micah Clarke was quite successful, running through several quick printings, though Doyle had to take it to numerous publishers before Andrew Lang at Longmans finally accepted it. Doyle brought together his knowledge of the seventeenth century and supplemented it with months of research on detail. Then, at intervals of tramping medical rounds or studying optics at the Portsmouth Eye Hospital, he wrote the book in three months.

Now the power of Micah Clarke, aside from its best action scenes -- the bloodhounds on Salisbury Plain, the brush with the King's Dragoons, the fight in Wells Cathedral, the blinding battle scene at Sedgemoor -- still lies in its characterization: that other imagination, the use of homely detail, by which each character grows into life before ever a shot is fired in war.

It was attempt by Conan Doyle to present the story of the Puritans in a more favorable light than generally thought of in England at the time the book was written - a historical romance about the Monmouth rebellion and 'Hanging Judge' Jeffries. told by a humble adherent of the Duke of Monmouth - the whole story of the rising in Somerset, the triumphant advance towards Bristol and Bath, and the tragic rout at Sedgemoor (1685).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934757277
  • Publisher: Fireship Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/2007
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.83 (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

Table of Contents

I. Of Cornet Joseph Clarke of the Ironsides 9
II. Of my Going to School and of my Coming Thence 17
III. Of Two Friends of my Youth 28
IV. Of the Strange Fish that we Caught at Spithead 32
V. Of the Man with the Drooping Lids 39
VI. Of the Letter that Came from the Lowlands 45
VII. Of the Horseman that Rode from the West 57
VIII. Of our Start for the Wars 63
IX. Of a Passage of Arms at the Blue Boar 74
X. Of our Perilous Adventure on the Plain 80
XI. Of the Lonely Man and the Gold Chest 93
XII. Of Certain Passages upon the Moor 103
XIII. Of Sir Gervas Jerome, Knight Banneret of the County of Surrey 112
XIV. Of the Stiff-legged Parson and his Flock 123
XV. Of our Brush with the King's Dragoons 131
XVI. Of our Coming to Taunton 142
XVII. Of the Gathering in the Market-Square 149
XVIII. Of Master Stephen Timewell, Mayor of Taunton 159
XIX. Of a Brawl in the Night 178
XX. Of the Muster of the Men of the West 189
XXI. Of my Hand-gripes with the Bradenburger 198
XXII. Of the News from Havant 213
XXIII. Of the Snare on the Western Road 221
XXIV. Of the Welcome that Met me at Badminton 237
XXV. Of Strange Doings in the Boteler Dungeon 252
XXVI. Of the Strife in the Council 266
XXVII. Of the Affair near Keynsham Bridge 272
XXVIII. Of the Fight in Wells Cathedral 281
XXIX. Of the Great Cry from the Lonely House 291
XXX. Of the Swordsman with the Brown Jacket 298
XXXI. Of the Maid of the Marsh and the Bubble which Rose from the Bog 310
XXXII. Of the Onfall at Sedgemoor 324
XXXIII. Of my Perilous Adventure at the Mill 349
XXXIV. Of the Coming of Solomon Sprent 361
XXXV. Of the Devil in Wig and Gown 371
XXXVI. Of the End of it All 394
Appendix 399
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