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By Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) used to be a poet, novelist, and dramatist, however it used to be his biographies that expressed his complete genius, recreating for his overseas viewers the Elizabethan age, the French Revolution, the good days of voyages and discoveries. during this autobiography he holds the replicate as much as his personal age, telling the tale of a new release that "was loaded down with a burden of destiny as was once infrequently the other during history." Zweig drawn to himself the simplest minds and loftiest souls of his period: Freud, Yeats, Borgese, Pirandello, Gorky, Ravel, Joyce, Toscanini, Jane Addams, Anatole France, and Romain Rolland are yet the various associates he writes approximately.

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Another example of the celibate hero is Sherlock Holmes, famously immune to Cupid’s darts. But James Eli Adams, in his Dandies and Desert Saints, has traced a paradox in the way that a display or performance of ascetic manhood (notably in Carlyle’s self-dramatization as a prophet) itself produces a kind of dandyism;18 and in this too, Sherlock Holmes, that incorrigible show-off and self-admirer, is a later case in point. Various virile exploits in Conan Doyle’s adventure fiction also partake of this paradigm of ascetic manhood—though Conan Doyle’s expeditionary heroes are often explicitly fighting for the reward of the love of a woman, whether the chivalrous eponym of Sir Nigel, or Edward Malone in The Lost World, who joins the all-male Challenger expedition in obedience to his fiancée’s injunction to go away and do something heroic.

35 The admiring portrait of the black pugilist here is in marked contrast to the portrayal of Steve Dixie the bruiser, in the late story “The Adventure of the Three Gables” (1926), where Sherlock Holmes’s insulting mockery of the boxer is a rare instance of overt racism in Conan Doyle. W. Robson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), 133–50. Hereafter Case-Book. 36 William Empson, Some Versions of Pastoral (London: Chatto, 1950). For sport and national identity during the Napoleonic wars, see Derek Birley, Sport and the Making of Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993), 151–71.

16 To see the matter in these social-constructionist terms is to get away from an essentialist discourse of gender (though it was precisely on such an essence that the Victorians erected their sense of male identity). 13 See Andrew Dowling, Manliness and the Male Novelist in Victorian Literature (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001), 117. 14 See J. R. ), Masculinity and Spirituality in Victorian Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), 10–26; at 18. 15 Carol Marie Engelhardt, “Victorian Masculinity and the Virgin Mary”, in Bradstock et al.

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