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Uncle Bernac: A Memory of the Empire
     

Uncle Bernac: A Memory of the Empire

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by Arthur Conan Doyle
 

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This was one of several fictional historical works that Doyle wrote during the last five years of the 19th century, as he tried to find something to replace Sherlock Holmes, whom he had killed off at the end of 1894. Doyle was later to dismiss this book as a failure, though he always liked his lengthy description of Napoleon (which he actually had written before

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This was one of several fictional historical works that Doyle wrote during the last five years of the 19th century, as he tried to find something to replace Sherlock Holmes, whom he had killed off at the end of 1894. Doyle was later to dismiss this book as a failure, though he always liked his lengthy description of Napoleon (which he actually had written before beginning the book) -- ".. I was still unable to determine whether I was dealing with a great hero or with a great scoundrel. Of the adjective only could I be sure."

This murder mystery novel relates the story of a young Frenchman, who, grown up in England, returns to France during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte's "Prise de pouvoir" to offer him his services, and the adventures this causes him to be involved in.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940026319411
Publisher:
Smith, Elder
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
359 KB

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 22, 1859
Date of Death:
July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:
Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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