The Romance of Science and the Illustrations in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World
journal contributionposted on 14.09.2020, 08:58 authored by Richard FallonRichard 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.
CitationEnglish Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 Volume 63, Number 2, 2020, pp. 162-192 ELT Press
Author affiliationSchool of Archaeology and Ancient History
VersionAM (Accepted Manuscript)
Published inEnglish Literature in Transition, 1880-1920
Arthur Conan DoylePatrick Lewis ForbesHodder & StoughtonHarry RountreeHerbert Greenhough SmithWilliam RansfordRobert Louis StevensonH. Rider HaggardLord John RoxtonE. D. MaloneProfessor ChallengerProfessor SummerleeMichael SalerStark MunroSherlock HolmesElsie WrightFrances GriffithsConor ReidSimone NataleSara Mildred (Milly) Forbesnée LeckieRoy PilotAlvin E. RodinJoseph Clement CollMaple WhitePhilip Henry GosseThe Lost WorldSunday Magazine(U.S.)Strand MagazineMemories and AdventuresDaily ExpressThe Stark Munro LettersOur African Winter"Stranger Than Fiction"Land of MistNew York TimesThe Poison Belt"When the World Screamed""The Disintegration Machine"Extinct AnimalsAssociated Sunday MagazineLondon CourierDaily GazetteReturn of Sherlock Holmes"The Lost Special"Manchester GuardianRomance novel"Romance Revival" (1880s)Berg Collection (New York Public Library)Edwardian period"Cottingley Fairy" photographsQueen's Hall (London)paleontologyHampstead Art SocietyRoyal Academy"Maple White Land""Glade of the Iguanodons""The Swamp of the Pterodactyls""General View of Plateau from Top of Gingho [sic] Tree""The Central Lake"