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Arthur Conan Doyle
Daniel Stashower

The Narrative of John Smith

 
 
Author
Arthur Conan Doyle. Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Rachel Foss, eds.
Publisher British Library  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.45 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780712358415
Pages/Publication Date 138/2011
Daedalus Item Code 41152
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Before Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart Watson, there was the opinionated everyman John Smith. In 1883, when he was just 23, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Narrative of John Smith while he was living in Portsmouth and struggling to establish himself as both a doctor and a writer. Many of the themes and stylistic tropes of Doyle's later writing can be clearly seen in this first novel, which collects the ruminations of an experienced man of the world. Though unfinished, it stands as a fascinating record of the early work of a man on his way to being one of the best-known authors in the world.

"Someone, I think it was the noted Janeite Lord David Cecil, once said that Jane Austen was the kind of writer on whose laundry lists and notes to the milkman any keen reader would pounce. While Conan Doyle may not be considered to be in quite that category there can be no doubt that the heart of every lover of British writing will rejoice at this discovery of an early and as yet unpublished work by the creator of Holmes, Watson, Moriarty and Professor Challenger. The breadth, depth and scope of Conan Doyle's knowledge and curiosity is often overlooked. He was the first popular writer to tell the wider reading public about narcotics, the Ku Klux Klan, the mafia, the Mormons, American crime gangs, corrupt union bosses and much else besides. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and wide-ranging mind, not to mention the pitch-perfect, muscular and memorable prose is all on display here in a work whose publication is very, very welcome indeed."—Stephen Fry

 
 
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