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Arthur Conan Doyle : a life in letters

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle; Jon L Lellenberg; Daniel Stashower; Charles Foley
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher description for Arthur Conan Doyle : a life in letters / edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley. This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the world's most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle; Arthur Conan Doyle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Conan Doyle; Jon L Lellenberg; Daniel Stashower; Charles Foley
ISBN: 9781594201356 1594201358
OCLC Number: 123119795
Description: 706 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The schoolboy (1867-1876) --
The medical student (1876-1882) --
The struggling doctor (1882-1884) --
Cracking the oyster (1884-1890) --
"Author of Sherlock Holmes" (1891-1893) --
Putting Holmes behind him (1894-1896) --
Country life (1896-1898) --
War in South Africa (1899-1900) --
Politics and honours (1900-1902) --
The final Hindhead years (1903-1907) --
Windlesham to the outbreak of war (1907-1914) --
The World War (1914-1918) --
His last crusade (1918-1920) --
Epilogue : Conan Doyle's final decade.
Other Titles: Correspondence
Responsibility: edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley.
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Publisher description for Arthur Conan Doyle : a life in letters / edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley. This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the world's most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and exploits rival that of his famous creation. In particular, Conan Doyle's correspondence with his mother exposes his endless search for fulfillment and success outside the Holmes stories. At age sixteen Conan Doyle began studying medicine at Edinburgh University. Just months shy of graduating, he made the adventurous decision to accept a position as a surgeon on a whaling ship heading to the Arctic. He returned to Edinburgh, graduated, and struggled to establish his own medical practice while simultaneously writing and promoting his stories. He suffered years of disappointment as both doctor and author; yet, to his amazement, just two months after the first Sherlock Holmes short stories, he had garnered such a following that he completely abandoned medicine for literature. As the public clamored endlessly for Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle explored other pursuits: He was a doctor during the Boer War, a World War I correspondent, and the foremost spokesman for Spiritualism. As his life changed, Doyle's correspondence with his mother remained constant. In his letters to "the Mam," Doyle shares the dismay he felt over the critical reception of his other writing, and as his irritation with the Holmes adventures mounts he announces his desire to kill off the character. She is his confidante and trusted counsel throughout her long life. The editors are known for their expertise and scholarship on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Daniel Stashower is an award-winning mystery novelist and author of Teller of Tales, a widely praised biography of Conan Doyle. Jon Lellenberg is the U.S. agent for the Conan Doyle estate and author of The Quest for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Charles Foley is the writer's great-nephew and executor of the estate. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters will be a must-have collection for readers interested in the author, Sherlock Holmes, and the Victorian era.

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