Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice

Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice

By: Douglas Kerr (author)Paperback

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From the early stories, to the great popular triumphs of the Sherlock Holmes tales and the Professor Challenger adventures, the ambitious historical fiction, the campaigns against injustice, and the Spiritualist writings of his later years, Conan Doyle produced a wealth of narratives. He had a worldwide reputation and was one of the most popular authors of the age. A critical study of the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle and a cultural biography, this is a book for students of literary and cultural history, and Conan Doyle enthusiasts. It is a full account of all of his writing, and an investigation of the role of the author as he practised it, as witness, critic, and interpreter of his times. His work was widely read and enjoyed, but it is far from being a simple endorsement of the masculine, imperialist, bourgeois, scientific world he so often portrayed. The subject of this study is what Conan Doyle knew-the knowledge of his own culture, its institutions and values and ways of life, its beliefs and anxieties, which is created and shared by his writing. The book is organized according to a number of cultural domains-sport, medicine, science, law and order, army and empire, and the spiritual life. At a time when literature had become a profession, in a society where literacy was more widespread than ever before or since, Conan Doyle emerges as a maker of culture, offering his readers an image of themselves, their past and their future.

About Author

Douglas Kerr was born in Scotland, educated at Cambridge and Warwick universities, and is a Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author of Wilfred Owen's Voices, George Orwell, and Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing. He first encountered Arthur Conan Doyle at the age of eleven and has been reading him ever since.


1. INTRODUCTION ; Practice ; Profession ; 2. SPORT ; Sport and the nation ; The straight left ; A nation of amateurs ; 3. MEDICINE ; The statement of the case ; The consultants ; In general practice ; The cold detective ; 4 SCIENCE ; The curious adventure in Berlin ; Monsters and committees ; Thinking like a scientist ; 5 LAW AND ORDER ; Crimes and punishments ; Edalji's eyes ; 6 ARMY AND EMPIRE ; Soldier boys ; Army ; Empire ; 7 SPIRIT ; Church ; Spiritualism ; Fairies ; The new life

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780198728078
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 286
  • ID: 9780198728078
  • weight: 358
  • ISBN10: 0198728077

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