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Holograph Notes for his early novel Micah Clarke

C. 1885-1887. A total of 42 pages; various sizes; mostly in ink, but with some in pencil; minor soiling and wear; an archive that reveals the extensive research and planning the Doyle devoted to his historical novels. This book is set against the invasion of England by James, Duke of Monmouth, in 1685, Monmouth’s Rebellion. Doyle prepared an outline, “Things to be worked into Micah Clarke,” “Quotations for Micah Clarke,” a long list of locations, detailed sketches of the characters, including dialogue, as well as pages of notes regarding food, dress and furniture of the day. His third book, but his first real commerical success, Micah Clarke sold several thousand copies in its first two years. The earlier A Study in Scarlet was a slow starter, but eventually sold more copies. However, he enjoyed a 10% royalty on Micah Clarke, while receiving a meager £25 for Study.

[Book #16612P]

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