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ISBN: 0312378971
Author: Russell Miller
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First American Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
Pages: 528
Category: Arts & Literature
Subcategory: Biography
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Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters. Russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eight previous books. His oral histories of D-Day, Nothing Less Than Victory, and the Special Operations Executive, Behind the Lines, were widely acclaimed.

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters. Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All. Stefan Bechtel. His most recent book was Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War’s Most Extraordinary Double Agent.

During his lifetime Conan Doyle wrote more than fifteen hundred letters to members of his family, most . Told with panache, The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle is an unprecedentedly full portrait of an enduringly popular figure.

The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle also 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

Russell Miller (born c. 1938) is a British journalist and author of fifteen books, including biographies of Hugh Hefner, J. Paul Getty and L. Ron Hubbard.

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The family of Arthur Conan Doyle, however, variously asserted its origins elsewhere. Conan Doyle himself first believed his ancestors came from Ulster, but he later took the view that the Irish Doyles were a cadet branch of the Staffordshire Doyles, who had taken part in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. In yet another version, the Doyles traced their roots to Pont d’Oilly near Rouen in France, and to the coat of arms adopted in the twelfth century by the Anglo-Norman family of d’Oilly which had participated in the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066.

Arthur Conan Doyle Biography. Doctor, Author, Journalist (1859–1930) . The voyage awakened Doyle's sense of adventure, a feeling that he incorporated into a story, Captain of the Pole Star. In 1880, Doyle returned to medical school. Back at the University of Edinburgh, Doyle became increasingly invested in Spiritualism or "Psychic religion," a belief system that he would later attempt to spread through a series of his written works. An author of nearly 100 books, Arthur C. Clarke’s imagination and insight influenced modern science via works such as his classic '2001: A Space Odyssey.

Biographies about Arthur Conan Doyle have been published since 1923. Conan Doyle was the first to write one in his auto-biography Memories and Adventures serialized from october 1923 to july 1924 in The Strand Magazine

Biographies about Arthur Conan Doyle have been published since 1923. Conan Doyle was the first to write one in his auto-biography Memories and Adventures serialized from october 1923 to july 1924 in The Strand Magazine. He also wrote reports of his long trips abroad with his family for lecture tours: Our American Adventure (1923), Our Second American Adventure (1924) and Our African Winter (1929).

Arthur Conan Doyle Biography - There are some timeless characters in the history of English literature . The list of such magnificent characters includes detective Sherlock Holmes’ name, crafted by Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. Sir Conan Doyle belonged to a Scottish family.

Arthur Conan Doyle Biography - There are some timeless characters in the history of English literature who not only stood the test time but became even more radiant over the centuries. Professionally he was a physician who later turned into a writer. Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 22, 1859. He was raised in an austere and affluent Scottish household.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) created Sherlock Holmes, one of the most vivid and enduring characters in English fiction. Conan Doyle, the second of Charles Altamont and Mary Foley Doyle’s 10 children, began seven years of Jesuit education in Lancashire, England, in 1868

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) created Sherlock Holmes, one of the most vivid and enduring characters in English fiction. Conan Doyle, the second of Charles Altamont and Mary Foley Doyle’s 10 children, began seven years of Jesuit education in Lancashire, England, in 1868. After an additional year of schooling in Feldkirch, Austria, Conan Doyle returned to Edinburgh. Through the influence of Dr. Bryan Charles Waller, his mother’s lodger, he prepared for entry into the University of Edinburgh’s Medical School.

Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective . The voyage awakened Doyle’s sense of adventure, a feeling that he incorporated into a story, Captain of the Pole Star. In 1880, Doyle returned to medical school

Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered. Back at the University of Edinburgh, Doyle became increasingly invested in Spiritualism or Psychic religion, a belief system that he would later attempt to spread through a series of his written works. By the time he received his Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1881, Doyle had denounced his Roman Catholic faith.

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 affection—and sometimes obsession—the 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 Doyle also 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 Doyle is an unprecedentedly full portrait of an enduringly popular figure.

Comments:

Nagor
A beautifully written book filled with insight and wisdom for all Sir Arthur C Doyle Fans and A must Have for Sherlock Collectors and Scholars alike . Easy to read and follow and take you right to the time period and your right there in the life of Sir Arthur C. Doyle ! Bravo 5'Stars
Delari
There aren't a whole lot of books that are good enough to be on a "can't put it down" list. The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle certainly deserves a place at the top of this list. So insightful and obviously well researched, it is beautifully written and so easy to read. What more could a bibliophile ask for. It is a book that I will share with my book-loving family and, I might add, a book I will no doubt read again....and, down the line, again. Bravo to Mr. Miller.
monotronik
Really a great read. Good insight into the author
Survivors
A large volume but very readable. Arthur Conan Doyle is a fascinating person and I learned many surprising things about him. Make sure you read some Sherlock Holmes to enhance your understanding of the author. He was remarkable for starting the genre of the detective novel.
Vojar
Whew! I thought the book would never end. I was so glad when I found the Cronology before I had reached 89% on my Kindle Fire.

There were a number of typos, punctuation errors, and spelling errors in the book even when one takes into account the Brit's way of spelling. I think there were several instances where the wrong word was chosen by the author, too, but my Kindle dictionary often just said, "No Definition Found".

I have read other Kindle books that have the dictionary much better aligned with the content of the book. In other books written with the British spellings or with British expressions, the Kindle dictionary addresses these items. With this Kindle book, there was no definition found if the word I was trying to look up was a possessive. I tried once to look up Mrs to see if it is the Brit's custom not to include the period after the word. However, it came up with "Mr. Clean". The only reason I could find for that was that the word following Mrs in the book began with a C.

My husband and I named our first child after Arthur Conan Doyle (not the whole name, just a portion of it) because we both liked Sherlock Holmes so much. I was looking forward to reading this book to learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's childhood, his education, his choice of friends, his hobbies, his family life, his inspirations, and his writing habits. The author did include this, but we got sooooo much more.

I didn't mind reading about Sir Arthur's interest in spiritualism, but I did mind so many details about other things that didn't give me more information about him. I would have preferred that the author keep his opinions to himself and report only the facts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life and his interactions with others. I found it ironic that the author more than once criticized Conan Doyle for going into too much detail in some of his books. I wanted to shout to the author, "It takes one to know one!" Mr. Miller seemed to get side-tracked very often.

It was obvious that the author did a great deal of research for this book, but I feel there was TMI on things that don't matter to the readers who want to know more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book could have been much shorter and still could have contained all I wanted to read.
Jusari
Mind-numbing unessential details.
Uscavel
I couldn't believe it when the book arrived....it was just like a brand new book!! And, of course, I love the topic/Doyle! I have never been disappointed with any used (or new) books that I have ordered from you. I have a very limited budget and I just treasure the fact that I can get books thru you from reliable dealers!!! Thanks very much,
B.B.R.
I've read a bit of Sherlock Holmes, knew vaguely of Conan Doyle's spiritualism, and heard he was a doctor. This lively account, the first drawn from CD's letters, tells much more, engagingly and efficiently. Anyone, Sherlockian or not, will find this an enjoyable and instructive narrative.

The early years open on mystery. CD's father's tragic alcoholism and insanity, his mother's strangely intimate longtime boarder half her age, and CD's own struggles as a poor medical graduate vividly evoke people's quirks and lapses behind the stern facade of later Victorian England and Scotland. While London, so well portrayed in the Holmes stories, surprisingly had been little lived in by CD, Miller's book conjures up the milieu effectively. He also does so in the wider world CD explored.

CD had an adventerous life even prior to his authorial success: whaling in the Arctic, sailing to Africa, golf at the pyramids, camel rides in Egypt gain in his letters as much verve and wit as the birth of his first child or the loss of his vacation home. Miller quotes from the correspondence to set off the anodyne autobiography, the mundane diary, and the assumptions of earlier biographers who lacked the letters as a crucial resource. From the letters, CD emerges as a hearty figure who in person was much more bluff and outgoing than readers of Holmes expected. Jingoistic, stubborn, and productive, CD after a rough start as an author found success with Sherlock, quit his practice, and wrote an amazing amount of work the rest of his life, albeit of diminishing quality.

Miller points out how shoddy and inconsistent even CD at his best could be in his fiction; basing Holmes on his extraordinarily perceptive Edinburgh professor Charles Bell, it's a conundrum many of his readers share with Miller: how a logical character like Sherlock could make so many mistakes, and how his author could fall from the celebration of rationality in his most famous creation into the credulity most supposed prevented CD from seeing through the faker of fairies on film and apparitions at seances.

Miller explains about CD's Holmesian contradictions: "In truth, he never bothered to keep track of what he had written, first, because he didn't see Holmes as an immortal, iconic character, and secondly, because although he earned large sums of money, he cared little for the work that did little, he believed, to enhance his literary status." (147)

Clearly, CD quickly tired of Holmes. In 1928, he told a newsreel crew how Holmes was a "monstrous growth from a comparatively small mustard seed." (465) Instead, his frustrated creator longed to gain recognition for his well-researched but more plodding historical novels, hefty war histories, and voluminous spiritualist propaganda. Sherlockian issues are dealt with almost in a perfunctory way by Miller; you will learn very little about the actual stories, and few of these are even summarized. However, given the immense scholarship already committed to Holmesiana, this biography redresses the balance in favor of CD as a prolific globetrotting traveller, war correspondent, military doctor, and indefatigable lecturer first on the Cottingley Fairies and then on spiritualism.

CD's unlikely friendships with the charlatan Charles Budd, Oscar Wilde, and then Harry Houdini, who sought to unmask the spirits CD venerated, also gain substantial coverage. His two marriages and the rather modern way he remained vowed to his first wife as she lingered with fatal tuberculosis while he set up an arrangement with his second wife long before his first wife's demise shows in a balanced way CD's very human predicament. Earlier, his refusal to gain a much-needed sinecure if he had capitulated to the Catholicism he rejected as a student shows CD's own iconoclasm and his staunch values that he rarely wavered from. (One error: thrice Miller labels the Jesuits who taught CD at Stonyhurst as "monks.") Miller in these situations mines the letters to great effect, correcting distorted views based only on the diaries or biographies rather than the much more revealing correspondence.

While CD's warlust blinded him in South Africa and WWI France to the suffering of the enemy, CD did do his best to minister to the British soldiers he treated. He was of his time, as Miller reminds us fairly, a defender of the Empire and a staunch patriot. He "chose not to see" what he did not want to as he travelled in trenches and hospitals, jungles and barracks, into seances and across colonies.

Miller eschews editorializing or sensationalism. He treats CD even-handedly: after making "up his mind he was unstoppable, impervious to argument, blind to contradictory evidence, untroubled by self-doubt." (371) His "artless credulity" confused many, but "sceptics failed to understand" a crucial self-fulfilling prophecy in CD's willingness, especially after the death of his son after WWI, to believe in spiritual communiques from the ectoplasmic realm. He could not be shaken "because he was constantly encouraged by numerous messages from the other world praising his commitment." (377)

This turns into a poignant last third of his life. Conrad and Dickens appeared to him, he reported, asking CD to finish their last novels that had been left incomplete at their departures from this life. CD wore himself to death by his lecture tours defending spiritualism. His literary output turned entirely to asserting his beliefs, and his money was poured into promoting his "Psychic Press." Blind to pain, he was eager to see in seances what he wanted, as he in wartime chose to view the carnage as fulfilling the destiny of the Crown and loyal, eager, and self-sacrificing servants such as himself. He died serving a cause that by the end fewer believed in than the Empire, and outside of the reason Holmes epitomized and his medical training inculcated, CD sought comfort in mediums and disembodied messages praising his own missionary efforts and lauding his faith in the ethereal.

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