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The Narcissism of Empire: Loss, Rage and Revenge in Thomas De Quincey, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and Isak Dinesen
by Diane Simmons (Goodreads Author)
Widely read in the age of British imperialism and still popular today, the five writers studied here have allowed millions to participate vicariously in the imperial project. Yet all of these writers, so instrumental in popularizing the imperial agenda of power and dominance, bore deep emotional scars and as adults bolstered their fragile psychic states through fantasies o ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Sussex Academic Press
(first published January 2006)
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I only read chapter 4 which is on Conan Doyle. It raises some interesting questions regarding empire and the consequences of imperialism but it does not touch upon the subject that I would have liked it to, namely Conan Doyle's historical fiction. Simmons focus lies firmly on the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Diane Simmons grew up on a farm Eastern Oregon. After earning a BA in history from the University of Oregon, she began her writing career as a journalist in Idaho, Alaska and Washington. Her newspaper reporter's novel, Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark, about hapless environmental terrorists in pipeline Alaska, was published by Simon and Schuster. She moved on to New York City where she earned a ...moreMore about Diane Simmons...