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"In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A learn in Scarlet, hence growing a global icon within the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. during this, the 1st Holmes secret, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the complicated line "You were in Afghanistan, I perceive." And so starts Watson's, and the world's, fascination with this enigmatic character."

Doyle offers both difficult mysteries for Holmes to resolve: one a homicide that happens within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting observe Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. fast identifying up the "scarlet thread of homicide working throughout the colourless skein of life," Holmes doesn't fail at discovering the reality - and making literary background.

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Maugham placed Hardy in the guise of the writer †Edward Driffield, while the actress Sue Jones supposedly served as the model for his wife, †Rosie Driffield. †Alroy Kear, the scheming and self-serving writer and lecturer, represented (on equal supposition) *Hugh Walpole and touched off a series of accusations and denials between Maugham and the English novelist. Set both in Kent and in the Bloomsbury district of Edwardian London, the novel introduces a group of low-level writers whose interests lay with turning a profit rather than in their art.

Discovering himself close to financial ruin, Charles allows himself to go bankrupt rather than to seek the assistance of others. For him, financial ruin means life and liberty. His pretentious wife †Margery and their parasitic teenage children, †Judy and Patrick Battle, realize that Charles is about to abandon them and escape to America; wife and daughter must, for the first time, react to male initiative. In the original production, Ronald Squire played Charles Battle; *Marie Lohr, Margery; Jack Hawkins Patrick; and Peggy Ashcroft, Judy.

However, they were never particularly close friends. There have always been CHIARELLI, LUIGI 21 strong suggestions and parallels to indicate that Maugham based at least parts of the character of †Elliott Templeton in *The Razor’s Edge (1944) on Channon. Bibliography: Calder, (1972/1973); Morgan; Who Was Who. CHAPLIN, SIR CHARLES SPENCER (1889–1977). The full and formal name of the London-born film actor, director, mime, and producer, Charlie Chaplin. He learned comedy from Fred Karno, and the two went to Hollywood in 1914.

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