Uncle Bernac

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589635562
  • Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.Conan was originally a given name, but Doyle used it as part of his surname in his later years.
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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

Chapter I The Coast of France 3
Chapter II The Salt-Marsh 20
Chapter III The Ruined Cottage 33
Chapter IV Men of the Night 41
Chapter V The Law 55
Chapter VI The Secret Passage 68
Chapter VII The Owner of Grosbois 81
Chapter VIII Cousin Sibylle 92
Chapter IX The Camp of Boulogne 106
Chapter X The Ante-Room 120
Chapter XI The Secretary 136
Chapter XII The Man of Action 147
Chapter XIII The Man of Dreams 173
Chapter XIV Josephine 189
Chapter XV The Reception of the Empress 203
Chapter XVI The Library of Grosbois 226
Chapter XVII The End 245
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