A Duet

Front Cover
ReadHowYouWant.com, Mar 19, 2009 - Fiction - 372 pages
0 Reviews
An epistolary novel A duet is penned by the world-famous thriller writer Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a fictitious work that draws on his personal life and narrates about his first marriage experiences. It also presents the turning point of the authors life when his love for writing overcame all other aspects of his professional and personal life. Amazing
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

THE OVERTURE CONCLUDED
22
IN BRITAINS VALHALLA
46
TWO SOLOS AND A DUET
69
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
87
THE HOMECOMING
101
LAYING A COURSE
114
CONFESSIONS
133
CONCERNING MRS BEETON
157
TROUBLE
200
A RESCUE
221
THE BROWNING SOCIETY
237
AN INVESTMENT
257
A THUNDERCLOUD
275
DANGER
296
CHEYNE ROW
318
THE LAST NOTE OF THE DUET
340

MR SAMUEL PEPYS
171
A VISIT TO MR SAMUEL PEPYS
184
THE TRIO
356
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.

Bibliographic information