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The Parasite
London: A. Constable and Co., Westminster, 1894. First Edition. Wrappers. good. 1st edition. Original plain wrappers and fold-over printed jacket. Chips and wear, old tape professionally removed and related strengthening, a good, sound copy. A novel probing mesmerism, but in its black soul, it's the horror tale of a grotesque medium who hypnotizes a young man, persuades him to caress her ("caress" being a Victorian euphemism), falls in love with him, and when he rejects her (if you leave me can I come too?), uses her occult powers in a bid to destroy him. The Parasite was probably the best idea for a thriller that Doyle had in his head when, in a fit of egotism, he decided to kill-off Holmes at the end of The Memoirs (Dec. 1893), thinking, "I need space to write my historical romances." 8 years of floundering at the edges of his imagination, with only polite applause, modest sales, and waning fame to show for it, finally prompted his grudging submission to public demand (and the huge bucks that came with it) with (what was labeled at the time as) a "lost" Holmes novel (Hound of the Baskervilles), followed by complete surrender, and full restoration from the literary grave in The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
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