"My story is one which you may treasure up in your memories, and tell again to others ": Arthur Conan Doyle's Micah Clarke
Micah Clarke: His Statement As Made To His Three Grandchildren Joseph, Gervas, & Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734.
Doyle, Arthur Conan.$200.00
Item Number: 100105
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1894.
Early printing of the author’s third novel, a historical adventure novel set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. Octavo, original publisher’s pictorial cloth, engraved frontispiece. In very good condition. Bookplate to the pastedown.
Set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 in England, Micah Clarke is a a bildungsroman whose protagonist, Micah Clarke, begins as a boy seeking adventure in a rather romantic and naive way, falls under the influence of an older and vastly experienced, world-weary soldier of fortune, and becomes a grown up aft Much is made of the role of Protestant ministers in recruiting the rebel army and in motivating its soldiers. Micah Clarke himself becomes increasingly disillusioned with religious extremism and ultimately expresses the view that toleration is a great good. Conan Doyle had himself been brought up as a Catholic and it is likely that Micah expresses Doyle's own thoughts on the subject.er numerous experiences, some of them very harrowing.