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»But there’s also an unexplored, Gothic theme here, one which reaches back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – which begins and ends on a whale ship, and which Conan Doyle discusses with the captain on his whale ship – to Edgar Allan Poe, the most important literary influence on Conan Doyle, whose The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is set on a whaler. And surely Sherlock Holmes would have appreciated the fact that this literary trail culminated in Dracula, written by Bram Stoker – whose cousin happened to be Arthur Conan Doyle

Philip Hoare

Dangerous Work is Arthur Conan Doyle’s gruesomely entertaining journal of an Arctic whaling voyage, Philip Hoare says at his review. You will find it at telegraph.co.uk.

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