"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
Conan Doyle began his literary
career by writing short stories for magazines. At that time, magazines typically did not identify the author of a story. This limited an author's financial opportunities, so Conan Doyle decided to write a novel
. He started writing it in 1883.
The future author of the Sherlock
Holmes series wrote his first novel at the age of 23, but this manuscript
was lost in the mail and the story was never published. In 2004 the British Library
acquired a large collection of papers from the Conan Doyle family archives, including an untitled manuscript with much of his first novel.
The publisher describes the book
as "more a series of ruminations than a traditional novel" and a "window into the mind" of the author. It's not an adventure or mystery story. As the manuscript is incomplete, the published story is unfinished.
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