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By E. H. Gombrich

ISBN-10: 030014332X

ISBN-13: 9780300143324

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling heritage of the area for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing no longer on small aspect yet at the sweep of human adventure, the level of human fulfillment, and the intensity of its frailty. The manufactured from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the total span of human heritage. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and obstacles of technological know-how. this can be a textual content ruled no longer by means of dates and proof, yet by means of the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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It sets a problem for Holmes to solve: how to get the photograph of Irene Adler and the king of Bohemia out of the lady舗s possession. The story makes little sense when closely examined. The king wants the return of a photograph from Irene Adler that he thinks will compromise his forthcoming marriage, while Ms. Adler, who is about to get married herself, would only compromise herself if she showed it to anyone. Had Holmes not been called into the case, the outcome would have been exactly as it transpired anyway.

Watson. Holmes also expressed indignation at Conan Doyle舗s misrepresentations of some of his cases. He didn舗t make any of those little mistakes Conan Doyle ascribes to him. The Strand Magazine, which published all the short stories, received letters wanting to know if Holmes were a real person. The magazine cagily replied that it had not made his personal acquaintance but would certainly call upon him if ever it needed a mystery investigated. Even after it was well known that Holmes was a fictional creation, a curious phenomenon developed that has no other parallel in literature.

He also championed the rights of the wrongly accused, in two separate cases exonerating innocent men. With the onset of World War I, Conan Doyle served as a war correspondent on several major European battlefields. Following the war, he became a passionate advocate of spiritualism, which he embraced in part to communicate with his eldest son, Kingsley, who had died from influenza aggravated by war wounds. From 1920 until his death, the author wrote, traveled, and lectured to promote his belief in a spiritual life after the death of the body.

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