Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle A Biography

ISBN-10: 0312378971
ISBN-13: 9780312378974
Edition: 2008
Authors: Russell Miller
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Description: As the creator of Sherlock Holmes, "the world's most famous man who never was," Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of our favorite writers; his work is read with affectionand sometimes obsessionthe world over. Doctor, writer, spiritualist: his life was  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

As the creator of Sherlock Holmes, "the world's most famous man who never was," Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of our favorite writers; his work is read with affectionand sometimes obsessionthe world over. Doctor, writer, spiritualist: his life was no less fascinating than his fiction. Conan Doyle grew up in relative poverty in Edinburgh, with the mental illness of his artistically gifted but alcoholic father casting a shadow over his early life. He struggled both as a young doctor and in his early attempts to sell short stories, having only limited success until Sherlock Holmes became a publishing phenomenon and propelled him to worldwide fame. While he enjoyed the celebrity Holmes brought him, he also felt that the stories damaged his literary reputation. Beyond his writing, Conan Doyle led a full life, participating in the Boer War, falling in love with another woman while his wife was dying of tuberculosis, campaigning against injustice, and converting to Spiritualism, a move that would bewilder his friends and fans. During his lifetime Conan Doyle wrote more than fifteen hundred letters to members of his family, most notably his mother, revealing his innermost thoughts, fears and hopes; and Russell Miller is the first biographer to have been granted unlimited access to Conan Doyle's private correspondence.The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doylealso makes use of the writer's personal papers, unseen for many years, and is the first book to draw fully on the Richard Lancelyn Green archive, the world's most comprehensive collection of Conan Doyle material. Told with panache,The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyleis an unprecedentedly full portrait of an enduringly popular figure.

Foreword
The Doctor
Family Pride and Family Shame
Childhood
The Medical Student
The Amazing Doctor Budd
A Struggling Practice
Enter Sherlock Holmes
Vienna Interlude
The Writer
The Great Detective and the Strand
A Premature Death
The 'Honorary War Correspondent'
Conan Doyle in Love
The Boer War
The Parliamentary Candidate
The Return of Holmes
A Real-life Sherlock Holmes
A New Life With Jean
The Lost World
The Great War
The Spiritualist
The Path to Spiritualism
The Apostle
The Curious Case of the Cottingley Fairies
The Spiritualist and the Magician
Pheneas Speaks
Farewell to Holmes
The Final Journey
Epilogue
Chronology
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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