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The Romance of Science and the Illustrations in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World

journal contribution
posted on 14.09.2020 by Richard Fallon
Critics have argued that The Lost World's blend of technical realism and escapism offered a semi-serious commentary on how imperial expansion, journalistic exposés, and photographic reproduction technologies could reinvigorate early twentieth-century readers' paling sense of the world's romance. Conan Doyle did not personally seek enchantment solely in fiction but was attracted to the multifarious term "romance," sensitive to the ways in which both fiction and scientific investigation could provoke a more profoundly wondering sense of the world's mysteries. This article argues that Conan Doyle's collaboration with illustrator Patrick Lewis Forbes provides an insight into the nature of the former's attraction to and repulsion from scientific knowledge. It makes substantial use of various archival sources that have received little or no scholarly attention, including the novel's draft manuscript and related correspondence at the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library, supplying important information about the construction of the novel.

History

Citation

English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 Volume 63, Number 2, 2020, pp. 162-192 ELT Press

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920

Volume

63

Issue

2

Pagination

162-192

Publisher

ELT Press

issn

0013-8339

eissn

1559-2715

Copyright date

2019

Available date

20/06/2021

Language

en

Publisher version

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/743940

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