The Last Galley, Impressions and Tales

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

From the Preface: I HAVE written "Impressions and Tales" upon the title-page of this volume, because I have included within the same cover two styles of work which present an essential difference.

The second half of the collection consists of eight stories, which explain themselves.

The first half is made up of a series of pictures of the past which may be regarded as trial flights towards a larger ideal which I have long had in my mind. It has seemed to me that there is a region between actual story and actual history which has never been adequately exploited. I could imagine, for example, a work dealing with some great historical epoch, and finding its interest not in the happenings to particular individuals, their adventures and their loves, but in the fascination of the actual facts of history them selves. These facts might be coloured with the glamour which the writer of fiction can give, and fictitious characters and conversations might illustrate them; but none the less the actual drama" of history and not the drama of invention should claim the attention of the reader. I have been tempted some times to try the effect upon a larger scale ; but mean while these short sketches, portraying various crises in the story of the human race, are to be judged as experiments in that direction." Summary by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre(s): General Fiction, Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface Ben Tucker
Play 02 The Last Galley Ted Perkins
Play 03 The Contest Wallace Morgan
Play 04 Through the Veil Kerry Adams
Play 05 An Iconoclast RedPoppy
Play 06 Giant Maximin Christine Rottger
Play 07 The Coming of the Huns czandra
Play 08 The Last of the Legions James K. White
Play 09 The First Cargo Laurie Banza
Play 10 The Home-Coming Claudia Caldi
Play 11 The Red Star Jeff Pierpont
Play 12 The Silver Mirror Michael James
Play 13 The Blighting of Sharkey Rita Boutros
Play 14 The Marriage of the Brigadier Cavaet
Play 15 The Lord of Falconbridge Part 1 aaronjwalker9
Play 16 The Lord of Falconbridge Part 2 aaronjwalker9
Play 17 The Lord of Falconbridge Part 3 aaronjwalker9
Play 18 Out of the Running aaronjwalker9
Play 19 "De Profundis" Christine Rottger
Play 20 The Great Brown-Pericord Motor Ben Tucker
Play 21 The Terror of Blue John Gap Ben Tucker