In 1880, Arthur Conan Doyle took a six-month leave from medical school to work as a ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaling expedition. The trip fueled his ambitions as a writer and he called on his memories in creating the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Now Doyle’s shipboard journal has been published in a facsimile edition. “Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure” not only reproduces the actual journal pages, complete with Doyle’s illustrations, but it also offers an annotated transcript.
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