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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ’s biographers agree in describing him as typical of the late Victorian era. He remained confident throughout his life of the soundness of his own moral vision and in the basic goodness of British morality. As a public personage, he repeatedly took the lead, both in praising British principles and in criticizing particular policies. He is credited with helping to modernize British defense between the Boer War and World War I, especially the defensive gear of common soldiers. He twice played detective himself, investigating cases of people unjustly condemned to prison. One of these, the Edalji case in 1906,...

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