The Great Boer War

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Great Keinplatz Experiment

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Great Keinplatz Experiment is a fictional short story first published in July 1885. Its plot revolves around spiritualism and was written years before Doyle’s active participation in this cause.

The story introduces us to Professor von Baumgarten, who is an expert on spirits and is convinced that the spirit of hypnotized people can leave the body, travel and return at will, although this cannot be seen or verified.

But since he believes that one spirit can see another, he decides to conduct an experiment in front of several witnesses in which he will hypnotize himself at the same time as one of his students, Fritz von Hartmann, so that their spirits can observe each other. When they wake up, everything seems to indicate that nothing has happened since they have no memory, but perhaps the reality is different…

A Study In Scarlet

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become the most famous detective duo in popular fiction.

The book’s title derives from a speech delivered by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson about the nature of his work, in which he describes the investigation of the murder in the history as his «study in scarlet: There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, isolate it, and expose every inch of it».

The Captain of the Polestar

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Captain of the Polestar is a short story first published in January 1883. It tells the story of the captain of the Polestar Nicholas Craigie, who decides to anchor in the middle of the Arctic Ocean against the advice of his crew, as the ship could become trapped in the ice, which would mean death for all.

One morning, the second mate reports seeing a ghost at night, but he is not taken seriously. A few days later, a sailor claims to have also seen an apparition and the doctor accompanying them says he heard a scream in the dark. By now, the entire crew is convinced that something strange is hovering over them.

One night, the captain leaves the ship and disappears into the darkness as if following an invisible presence. The next day he is found dead on the ice with a bright smile on his face.

The White Company

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

At the age of twenty, young Alleyne, son of Edric, leaves the Catholic abbey where he has been raised, intelligent, skilled and beloved, but sheltered and naive, and goes out to meet the world, according to the terms of his father’s will.

That same day, the abbot expels John of Hordle for his worldly behavior: great appetite, teasing and flirting. They meet at Pied Merlin’s inn while resting each night. There they befriend the veteran archer Sam Aylward, who has returned to England from France to recruit for the The White Company of mercenaries.

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is the second collection of short stories starring consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, first published in late 1893. It follows the collection entitled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

It consists of 12 stories that were originally published between December 1892 and December 1893 in The Strand Magazine under the title The Adventures (numbers 13 to 24). Some of the stories are: “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual”, “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” and “The Final Problem”.

Doyle intended to kill the detective in “The Final Problem”, but later, with the series The Return of Sherlock Holmes -which begins with the sequels to “The Final Problem”- it is revealed that Holmes survived, to the joy of the readers.