William Clark Russell

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
William Clark Russell

William Clark Russell (24 february 1844 - 8 november 1911) was an English writer best known for his nautical novels. Russell campaigned for better conditions for merchant seamen, and his work influenced reforms approved by Parliament to prevent unscrupulous ship-owners from exploiting their crews. His influence in this respect was acknowledged by the future King George V.

Conan Doyle and Clark Russell

  • Rodney Stone (1896) : In the preface, Conan Doyle wrote that amongst the books to which he is indebted for his material in his endeavour to draw various phases of life and character in England at the beginning of the century, he would particularly mention Clark Russell's Collingwood and Nelson.
  • Through the Magic Door (1906) : Conan Doyle wrote that Clark Russell deserves a whole shelf for himself, but anyhow one could not miss out "The Wreck of the Grosvenor."

In the Sherlock Holmes stories