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By Arthur Conan Doyle

In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A research in Scarlet, growing a global icon within the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. during this first actual Holmes secret, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the difficult line “You were in Afghanistan, I perceive,” and so starts off Watson’s, and the world’s, fascination with this enigmatic personality. In A learn in Scarlet, Doyle provides both puzzling mysteries for Holmes to resolve: one a homicide that occurs within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting note Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. settling on up the “scarlet thread of homicide operating during the colourless skein of life,” Holmes demonstrates his uncanny knack for locating the reality, tapping into powers of deduction that also captivate readers today.

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Other reasons have been suggested as well: "If they [the immigrants] were moved by anything it was their own drive to escape the boundaries of colonialism, allied to a unique combination of historical circumstances, the most important of which was to do with the logistics of travel" (Phillips, p. 46). In 1948, the government adopted the British Nationality Act, which ascribed British citizenship to the United Kingdom, its colonies, and newly independent Commonwealth countries such as India, which had gained independence from Britain the previous year, in 1947.

At that point in the 1980s, Kay's work had only appeared in anthologies. In common with Grace Nichols (b. 1950 Guyana), Kay's early work points to a need to recognize and assert the specificity of black women's experiences. But even in the 1980s, while "The Adoption Papers" was being written, the circumstances of Kay's upbringing were contributing to a distinctive poetic voice: motherhood in relation to adoption, Black-Scottish (particularly Glaswegian) identity, and lesbian relationships. Woodcock points out Kay's poem "Happy Ending" (not in The Adoption Papers) as significant for "wryly rejecting the enforced tragedies of past writings on lesbianism" (Woodcock, p.

Reproduced by permission. —American World War I soldier, photograph. © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis. Reproduced by permission. —Stoppard, Tom, photograph. AP/Wide World Photos. Reproduced by permission. —From a theatre production of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Eric Forsythe at University Theatres Mainstage production, The University of Iowa, November, 1997, photograph. University of Iowa. Reproduced by permission. —Waugh, Evelyn (sitting at desk, checked jacket), photograph. The Library of Congress.

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