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MICAH CLARKE by Arthur Conan Doyle

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MICAH CLARKE by Arthur Conan Doyle


There is reason to believe that this book was the best loved by its famous author, Arthur Conan Doyle, above all of the Sherlock Holmes.  The book’s immense adventure and mystery provide the story as Micah Clarke relates his war stories about his old friends, the professor and the sea salt; the treasure and booty, the mosques, the hanging, and the dragoons.

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Arthur Conan Doyle was born into a family of ten children. His
mother could claim ancestry back to the Plantagenet line, but the life of
the family was penurious. His father pursued a career as a low level civil
servant, and there never seemed to be adequate monies for the large family.
Conan Doyle’s uncles, however, met with success in illustration and
literary pursuits.
Although his greater family exhibited talent, advancement, and
noble ancestry, the father deteriorated into alcoholism. Arthur found
himself dispatched to an austere Jesuit preparatory school. His experience
there contributed to his eventual rejection of Catholicism and
embracing of agnosticism. He continued his education studying medicine
at the University of Edinburgh.
At the University, Professor Rutherford became a model for
Professor Challenger of The Lost World, and subsequently for the character
of Sherlock Holmes. The Professor exhibited enormous deductive
skills with a forceful personality.
After a number of medical assignments including a trip to the
Arctic on a whaler, ship’s doctor on a voyage to Africa, and a medical
partnership with an old school friend, Doyle moved to the Southsea,
where recreational time was spent developing literary skills.
Micah Clarke appeared in 1889. The historic novel met a strong
reception and the writing career of Doyle began in earnest. He received
commissions to write additional Sherlock Homes adventures including
The sign of the Four, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
He married Louise Hawkins, moved back to London, acquired
an interest in the occult, and continued his writing as his medical practice
faltered. He made an alliance with Strand magazine and wrote a
number of Sherlock Homes stories. His place in the literary world was

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