The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Reader: From Sherlock Holmes to Spiritualism [NOOK Book]

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Best known as the creator of the consulting detective par excellence Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a man of wide-ranging interests and talents, and his literary output went far beyond his Holmes and Watson stories. The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Reader collects works from all the genres in which he wrote, including mysteries, historical adventure tales, science fiction stories, ghost stories, plays, memoirs, essays on spiritualism (in which he was a dedicated believer) and reports on the ...
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Reader: From Sherlock Holmes to Spiritualism

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Overview

Best known as the creator of the consulting detective par excellence Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a man of wide-ranging interests and talents, and his literary output went far beyond his Holmes and Watson stories. The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Reader collects works from all the genres in which he wrote, including mysteries, historical adventure tales, science fiction stories, ghost stories, plays, memoirs, essays on spiritualism (in which he was a dedicated believer) and reports on the Boer War and World War I. This collection features the account of Watson's first meeting with Holmes from A Study in Scarlet, an account of the dinosaurs inhabiting The Lost World, tales of Doyle's Napoleonic hero Brigadier Gerard, a condemnation of Belgium's exploitation of the Congo, and the complete text of his apocalyptic book The Poison Belt, in addition to several other stories and excerpts.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Collections that seek to represent the full array of an author's oeuvre delight by allowing access to little-known works yet frustrate by excluding many full-text selections. The Meyerses, who between them have written many books and articles on a wide variety of literary figures, have created a nice mix here. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his Sherlock Holmes novels and for The Lost World. More obscure are his historical novels on the Middle Ages and the 17th and 18th centuries, his Napoleonic Wars adventures, his works of horror and science fiction, and his plays. Also overshadowed by Holmes are Doyle's many nonfiction works among the highlights of this volume which range from articles on the Boer War and World War I to political statements on the Congo and writings on spiritualism. Also worthy of note are the Brigadier tienne Gerard stories; an epistolary novel, The Stark Munro Letters, which is highly autobiographical; and the full text of the sequel to The Lost World, titled The Poison Belt. While this is predominantly a grouping and reprinting of Doyle's work, the Meyers's introduction is detailed, informative, and enjoyable. This reader will be well received by Doyle's fans and perhaps even earn him some new fans who never knew that he created worlds outside of Holmes. Recommended for all libraries. Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield P.L., VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Collections that seek to represent the full array of an author's oeuvre delight by allowing access to little-known works yet frustrate by excluding many full-text selections. The Meyerses, who between them have written many books and articles on a wide variety of literary figures, have created a nice mix here. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his Sherlock Holmes novels and for The Lost World. More obscure are his historical novels on the Middle Ages and the 17th and 18th centuries, his Napoleonic Wars adventures, his works of horror and science fiction, and his plays. Also overshadowed by Holmes are Doyle's many nonfiction works among the highlights of this volume which range from articles on the Boer War and World War I to political statements on the Congo and writings on spiritualism. Also worthy of note are the Brigadier tienne Gerard stories; an epistolary novel, The Stark Munro Letters, which is highly autobiographical; and the full text of the sequel to The Lost World, titled The Poison Belt. While this is predominantly a grouping and reprinting of Doyle's work, the Meyers's introduction is detailed, informative, and enjoyable. This reader will be well received by Doyle's fans and perhaps even earn him some new fans who never knew that he created worlds outside of Holmes. Recommended for all libraries. Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield P.L., VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461661276
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Meyers is the author of Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography, Gary Cooper: American Hero, and Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. Valerie Meyers is the author of a book on Orwell's fiction and articles on Wyndham Lewis, Hemingway and Barbara Pym. The Meyers live in Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
1 From A Study in Scarlet, Part I (1887) 1
2 "A Scandal in Bohemia" (1891) 57
3 "The Los Amigos Fiasco" (1892) 81
4 "The Case of Lady Sannox" (1893) 89
5 "How the Brigadier Came to the Castle of Gloom" (1894) 99
6 "How the Brigadier Slew the Brothers of Ajaccio" (1895) 121
7 From The Stark Munro Letters (1895) 143
8 "The King of the Foxes" (1898) 167
9 "The Brazilian Cat" (1898) 181
10 "The Brown Hand" (1899) 201
11 "The Adventure of the Empty House" (1903) 217
12 "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" (1903) 239
13 From The Crime of the Congo (1909) 265
14 From The Lost World (1912) 315
15 The Poison Belt (1913) 361
16 "Danger!" (1914) 435
17 From A Visit to Three Fronts (1916) 463
18 From The Wanderings of a Spiritualist (1921) 483
Bibliography 499
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