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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can be no doubt that the heart of every lover of British writing will rejoice at this discovery of an early and as yet unpublished work by the creator of Holmes, Watson, Moriarty and Professor Challenger.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, May 2011
Robert Lindsay ... discriminates consistently and wittily among these characters. There is an element of tour de force as the actor must vivify the entire cast, and Lindsay rises admirably to the challenge. He 'does' Mrs Rundle with unpatronising sympathy, and is very funny at the expense of the obsequious curate. When he is not talking to - or at - these people, he addresses his listeners with warmth and wit. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to know that this fragment will be seized on by Doyle's devotees - possibly adding to their number. --Brian McFarlane, Australian Book Review, March 2012
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "The Narrative of John Smith" in 1883 when he was just 23, living in Portsmouth and struggling to establish himself as a doctor and a writer. By that time he had succeeded in getting a number of short stories published in leading magazines of the day, such as Blackwood's, "All the Year Round", "London Society" and "The Boy's Own Paper". But, as was the accepted practice of literary journals of the time, his stories were published anonymously and Conan Doyle realised that to make his name as a writer he would have to write a novel. That novel, the first he ever wrote, and published here for the first time, is "The Narrative of John Smith". More a string of ruminations than a novel, it is however of considerable biographical importance and has exceptional value as a window into the mind of the creator of 'Sherlock Holmes'. Many of the themes and tropes of his later writing, including his first 'Sherlock Holmes' story "A Study in Scarlet" (published in 1887), can be clearly seen. Via the protagonist, John Smith, a 50-year-old man confined to his room by an attack of gout, Conan Doyle sets down his thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects - literature, science, religion, war, education - with no detectable shyness or diffidence, full of bravado in the face of little professional success at that time. Although it has little in the way of plot it stands as a fascinating record of an early attempt at writing by a man who was on his way to being one of the best-known authors in the world.
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Descripción British Library, 2011. Audio CD. Condición: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. del artículo: P110712351159