Al-Mutanabbi: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis (Makers of the by Margaret Larkin

By Margaret Larkin

This exhaustive and but enchanting learn considers the lifestyles and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), usually considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A innovative at middle and infrequently imprisoned or pressured into exile all through his tumultuous existence, al-Mutanabbi wrote either debatable satires and while hired via certainly one of his many shoppers, laudatory panegyrics. utilizing an ornate variety and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi was once one of many first to effectively circulate clear of the often inflexible kind of Arabic verse, the ‘qasida’.

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For each instalment he was paid £460–£680, according to length. In the front of the book he acknowledges Robinson’s help: ‘This story owes its incep• 64 • THE CANON tion to my friend, Mr Fletcher Robinson, who has helped me both in the general plot and in the local details. ’ Barrymore is one of the chief suspects in Sir Charles’ murder, and Doyle subtly hints at this when he writes the butler was ‘the first to dog the new heir when he returned to England’ (emphasis mine). Beryl, wishing to be free of her cruel and philandering husband, is used to highlight Doyle’s ongoing campaign against outmoded divorce laws.

Problems: It is never explained how Arthur Pinner knew of Pycroft’s new job. It seems odd that a large financial house would employ a clerk without an interview. Observations: Published originally as The Stock-broker’s Clerk, the story takes place a few months after Watson’s marriage and the events of The Sign of Four. Verdict: A clever conundrum – albeit virtually identical to The Red-Headed League – which remains pleasantly puzzling up to the gratifyingly unexpected conclusion. 4/5 19) The Adventure of the ‘Gloria Scott’ UK: The Strand Magazine (April 1893, SP); USA: Harper’sWeekly (15 April 1893,WHH) The Case: Holmes’ student friend’s father faces a sinister man from his shady past… Date: Summer-autumn 1885.

2/5 18) The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk UK: The Strand Magazine (March 1893, SP); USA: Harper’s Weekly (11 March 1893,WHH) The Case: A City worker grows suspicious when two employers turn out to be the same man in disguise… Characters: Hall Pycroft, Arthur and Harry Pinner, the Beddington brothers, Mary Watson, landlady, Parker, Sergeant Tuson, Constable Pollock, Dr Farquhar. Locations: Watson’s practice, Paddington; Franco-Midland Hardware Company Ltd, 126B Corporation Street, • 48 • THE CANON Birmingham; Coxon and Woodhouse, Drapers’ Gardens; Mawson and Williams, Lombard Street; 17 Potter’s Terrace, Hampstead; New Street hotel, Birmingham.

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