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The narrative of John Smith

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle; Jon L Lellenberg; Daniel Stashower; Rachel Foss
Publisher: London : British Library, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
British fiction
Dust jackets
English fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Conan Doyle; Jon L Lellenberg; Daniel Stashower; Rachel Foss
ISBN: 9780712358415 0712358412
OCLC Number: 712117494
Notes: "This text has been published from an untitled manuscript that was among the Conan Doyle papers sold at auction in 2004 and acquired by the British Library."--Page [121].
"His unpublished first novel."--Dustjacket.
Description: 138 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Extract from Chapter I: 'Gout or rheumatism, Doctor?' I asked. 'A little of both Mr. Smith,' said he. 'And pray, sir, what is the exact difference between them?' I continued under a natural impulse to gain a little knowledge in exchange for the red-hot skewer which was transfixing my right foot. 'Why,' said my good physician, tapping his tortoise-shell snuff box, 'the one is a punishment and the other is a misfortune - one is in the hands of Providence and the other in your own. You can't command the weather which governs your rheumatism, but you can command your appetites which govern your gout.' 'And so,' said I, 'this diabolical pain in my foot is the hybrid form of torture known as rheumatic gout which unites the disadvantages of both diseases to a dash of malignancy all its own.' [you can cut this short if it works better]
Responsibility: Arthur Conan Doyle ; edited and with an introduction by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Rachel Foss.
Local System Bib Number:
004018321

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Conan Doyle's first-ever novel, published here for the first time.  Read more...
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