Articles | Volume 89, issue 1
Polarforschung, 89, 31–35, 2021
Polarforschung, 89, 31–35, 2021

Scientific article 20 May 2021

Scientific article | 20 May 2021

Mehr literarischer Entdecker als Polarheld: Arthur Conan Doyles Reise in die Arktis (1880)

Martin Göllnitz

Cited articles

Doyle, A. C.: The Captain of the Pole Star, Temple Bar, January, 33–52, 1883. 
Doyle, A. C.: The Glamour of the Arctic, The Idler, July, 624–638, 1892. 
Doyle, A. C.: Memories and Adventures. Nachdruck, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1989. 
Doyle, A. C.: „Dangerous Work“ Diary of an Arctic Adventure, Herausgeber: Jon Lellenberg und Daniel Stashower, The British Library, London, 2012. 
Göllnitz, M. and Kragh, L.: „We've ransacked the country and taken all we could get.“ Arthur Conan Doyle's perception of nature and masculinity in the Arctic (1880), in: Die Arktis. Geschichte, Politik, Rezeption, Herausgeber: Alexander Friedman und Frank Jacob, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg, 53–68, 2020. 
Short summary
When one hears the name Arthur Conan Doyle one usually thinks first of his literary hero and master detective Sherlock Holmes rather than the writer himself. But it was not only London's top crime fighter and his faithful companion (Dr. Watson) who braved dangers, Doyle himself experienced exciting – and sometimes life-threatening – adventures, which later provided inspiration for his literary work. This article examines his journey on an English whaler as a member of the crew and ship’s doctor.