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J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement

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"J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" is an 1884 short story by a then-young Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, loosely based on the real mystery of the abandonment of the Mary Celeste, published anonymously in the January 1884 issue of the respected Cornhill Magazine. One reviewer sought to attribute the story to Robert Louis Stevenson, while critics compared it to Edgar Allan Poe. Doyle ...more
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Aug 30, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it liked it
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"J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" is a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during his very early days as a writer. This tale of maritime mystery, is Conan Doyle’s attempt of throwing light at the real life secrecy associated with the American merchant brigantine ‘Mary Celeste’. Mary Celeste was found on December 4, 1872, off the Azores Islands, sailing with no one on board and with her lifeboat missing but the entire cargo and captain's and crew's personal belongings apparently undistur ...more
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A decent enough story which displays some of the literary form Conan-Doyle would become known for in the Holmes stories. This is his imaginative telling of the Marie Celeste mystery, involving upstanding Englishmen and stereotypical natives who come to worship the white man. If you can suspend your modern sensibilities, you will enjoy it.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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