Memories and Adventures

Memories and Adventures

by Arthur Conan Doyle


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Known as 'the great northern diver' to his crewmates, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) fell into the Arctic Ocean on three occasions during his voyage as doctor on a whaler, before becoming part of the harpooning crew. This adventure sets the scene for the remarkable variety of his later life. In his autobiography, first published in 1923, he details everything from that first voyage to his literary success, his collaboration with playwright J. M. Barrie (whose Sherlock Holmes parody is included), and his involvement in the setting up of volunteer groups during the First World War. He describes how the methods of Sherlock Holmes helped him solve several real-life mysteries and, in a touching counterpoint to this scientific approach, closes with a chapter on his belief in spiritualism. Characteristically astute and entertaining, this book will appeal to students of early twentieth-century history, Holmes fans and the curious general reader alike.

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ISBN-13: 9781108044042
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/16/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series
Pages: 434
Sales rank: 756,608
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Douglas Kerr is Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and former Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice (Oxford UP, 2013), Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing (Hong Kong UP, 2008), George Orwell (Writers and their Work series, 2003), and Wilfred Owen’s Voices: Language and Community (Oxford UP, 1993).

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England


Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Early recollections; 2. Under the Jesuits; 3. Recollections of a student; 4. Whaling in the Arctic Ocean; 5. My voyage to West Africa; 6. My first experiences in practice; 7. My start at Southsea; 8. My first literary success; 9. Pulling up the anchor; 10. The great break; 11. Sidelights on Sherlock Holmes; 12. Norwood and Switzerland; 13. Egypt in 1896; 14. On the edge of a storm; 15. An interlude of peace; 16. The start for South Africa; 17. Days with the army; 18. Final experiences in South Africa; 19. An appeal to the world's opinion; 20. My political adventures; 21. The years between the wars; 22. The years between the wars (contd.); 23. Some notable people; 24. Some recollections of sport; 25. To the Rocky Mountains in 1914; 26. The eve of war; 27. A remembrance of the dark years; 28. Experiences on the British Front; 29. Experiences on the Italian Front; 30. Experiences on the French Front; 31. Breaking the Hindenburg Line; 32. The psychic quest.

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