The Stark Munro Letters

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The Stark Munro Letters
First edition
AuthorArthur Conan Doyle
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherLongmans, Green & Co., London
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Stark Munro Letters is a novel by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1895 by Longmans, Green & Co. in London, England.


As an epistolary novel it takes the form of twelve long letters written by J. Stark Munro between March 1881 and November 1884 and sent to his friend Herbert Swanborough of Lowell, Massachusetts. Stark Munro is a recent graduate from medical school, and the letters detail his attempts to create a medical practice in partnership with the brilliant but unorthodox James Cullingworth. The novel is in fact a thinly disguised account of Doyle's experiences with George Turnavine Budd with whom he was in partnership in Plymouth, before finally setting up his own practice in Southsea, Portsmouth in 1882.[1]

Mention in James Joyce's Ulysses[edit]

The Stark-Munro Letters by A. Conan Doyle is mentioned in the "Ithaca" chapter of Ulysses.[2]


  1. ^ "Arthur Conan Doyle, The Official Site of the Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate, Biography".
  2. ^ The book The Stark-Munro Letters, property of the City of Dublin Public Library and indicated as 13 days overdue, appears in a list of 22 books found on pages 660 to 662 of the 1st edition of Ulysses. See Joyce, James. Ulysses (1st ed.). Paris: Shakespeare and Company. p. 661.

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