The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales (1890): Collecting 10 Short Stories

Arthur Conan Doyle

Language: English

Published: Oct 18, 2018


The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales is a volume collecting 10 short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published by Longmans, Green & Co. on 6 march 1890. Stories Dedication by Arthur Conan Doyle Preface by Arthur Conan Doyle The Captain of the "Pole-Star" J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement The Great Keinplatz Experiment The Man from Archangel That Little Square Box John Huxford's Hiatus A Literary Mosaic John Barrington Cowles The Parson of Jackman's Gulch The Ring of ThothSir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ DL (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement," helped to popularise the mystery of the Mary Celeste. NameDoyle is often referred to as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or simply Conan Doyle (implying that "Conan" is part of a compound surname as opposed to his given middle name). His baptism entry in the register of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, gives "Arthur Ignatius Conan" as his given names and "Doyle" as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.

The cataloguers of the British Library and the Library of Congress treat "Doyle" alone as his surname.

Steven Doyle, editor of the Baker Street Journal, wrote, "Conan was Arthur's middle name. Shortly after he graduated from high school he began using Conan as a sort of surname. But technically his last name is simply 'Doyle'." When knighted, he was gazetted as Doyle, not under the compound Conan Doyle. 4] Nevertheless, the actual use of a compound surname is demonstrated by the fact that Doyle's second wife was known as Jean Conan Doyle rather than Jean Doyle.