By Christopher Redmond
Christopher Redmond's attention-grabbing account of Doyle's first journey to the US has been reconstructed from newspaper debts describing the locations Doyle visited, from the Adirondacks to big apple, Chicago, and Toronto. regardless of the gruelling journey agenda, Doyle met dozens of an important literary and social lighting fixtures of the US. all over he went he was once mobbed by way of public hungry for information of the fellow he had "killed off" a 12 months past — Sherlock Holmes, who used to be entrance web page information. In Redmond's energetic narrative, that is in keeping with letters, newspaper studies, and different newly unearthed resources, you will find, as Doyle himself positioned it, "the romance of America."
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According to the guidebook, New York has 115,000 buildings, 575 miles of streets, a daily water supply of 75,000,000 gallons flowing through the Croton Aqueduct, thirteen ferry lines to Brooklyn (besides the bridge, still a wonder of the world) and thirteen to New Jersey, steam railways and steamboats, five lines of elevated railroads and seventeen streetcar companies. It also boasts forty-three daily newspapers (thirty-one in English, the rest in German, French, Italian, "Bohemian," Spanish and "Jewish"), four hundred churches, and the Mercantile Library, with some 240,000 volumes.
Except the highest peaks, is densely covered with forest, much of which is still virgin and almost unexplored. Lumbering is carried on very extensively. . The Hudson River rises in the Tear of the Clouds . . , and the Raquette, Saranac, Ausable, and numerous other rivers and streams connect the labyrinth of lakes. This combination of mountain, lake, and forest is, perhaps, unrivalled elsewhere, and the scenery is of great and varied attraction. . The most frequented and fashionable region is the district of the Saranac and St.
Jerome, Israel Zangwill, Clark Russell (whose sea-stories are a favourite of Sherlock Holmes's companion Dr. Watson), and Canadianborn Gilbert Parker, author of melodramatic tales about the French settlers and the North-West. He speaks of realism and Gulliver's Travels, he comments on the growing worth of literature from the farthest reaches of the British Empire, and he earnestly warns against too much attention in books to love and marriage: In all Stevenson's novels woman plays a subordinate part.