This collector-quality edition contains the complete original text of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's enduring classic in a newly edited and freshly typeset version. With a generous 6"x9" page size, this Summit Classic edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and modern page design that echoes the look and feel of traditional book publishing values exemplify the attention to detail given this volume. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) is known the world over as the creator of the famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. To a lesser extent, his irascible Professor Challenger is known to generations of readers. "The Lost World" is one of Conan Doyle's best known novels, a tale of adventure on a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle, where steep cliffs on all sides have isolated life atop the plateau from the rest of the world for eons. Professor Challenger and his company of intrepid adventurers make their way into Conan Doyle's "Lost World", only to find themselves exposed to dangers they could never have anticipated, even if they had really believed Challenger's claims of the wonders to be seen in the mysterious, isolated world he had described. Challenger himself had reached the threshold of the plateau on a previous adventure, but even he is not prepared for what awaits in the land above the cliffs, where prehistoric creatures even more astonishing than the dinosaurs he predicted lurk in the dense forests. Conan Doyle's tale has been a perennial favorite with readers since it first appeared one hundred years ago, inspiring several film versions, along with television programs, cartoons and comic books, some faithful to the story and some only loosely based on it. This centennial edition is faithful to the original 1912 version, with corrections of obvious typographical errors and misspellings. Additional material collected and presented for Conan Doyle fans, new or old, are a biographical sketch of the author and a detailed selected bibliography of his work.
Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original: the terror-adventure tale of The Lost World. Writing not long after dinosaurs first invaded the popular imagination, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spins a yarn about an expedition of two scientists, a big-game hunter, and a journalist (the narrator) to a volcanic plateau high over the vast Amazon rain forest. The bickering of the professors (a type Doyle knew well from his medical training) serves as witty contrast to the wonders of flora and fauna they encounter, building toward a dramatic moonlit chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And the character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality: he's a big man with an even bigger ego, and if you can grit your teeth through his racist behavior toward Native Americans, he's a lot of fun.