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Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

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Publisher Comments:

More than a hundred years have passed since the creation of Sherlock Holmes, perhaps the most famous fictional character of all time. But while the legendary detective lives on in the popular imagination, the man who created him is often overlooked or misunderstood. This fresh and compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age.

From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as one of his own adventures. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, Teller of Tales sets aside many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the man behind the legend of Baker Street, with a particular emphasis on the Psychic Crusade that dominated his final years — the work that Conan Doyle himself felt to be "the most important thing in the world."

"I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded," Conan Doyle once wrote. Teller of Tales presents that story with rare panache.

Review:

"With upwards of a dozen biographies of Conan Doyle published since his death in 1930, one might well ask why we need another? One answer, of course, is Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective in English fiction, with whom the author grew impatient, but who, in turn, largely made his literary reputation. Another answer is that there was a good deal more of interest in Conan Doyle's public life than the creation of his illustrious sleuth. Much of what he thought and did, however, is shrouded in
mystery, and there is still only limited access to the family archives. Thus, the temptation for the biographer to recover the real man behind his books is very great. In response to this call, Stashower has given us a competent and engaging account from birth to death, which covers all aspects of Conan Doyle's turbulent career and his extraordinary artistic range. It is, happily, less idealistic than Carr's biography, less impressionistic than Pearsall's, less contentious than Pearson's, but, indeed, more critical than Higham's or Hardwick's, more thorough than Edward's, and a satisfactory complement to Nordon's serious and solid assessment." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Review:

"[W]ell-researched, well-constructed, and well-written....Conan Doyle's personality...is fully brought out and the narrative garnished with much unfamiliar detail." National Review

Review:

"[A] gripping, sympathetic bio that proves that Doyle was anything but elementary." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Biographical Work, this is "an excellent biography of the man who created Sherlock Holmes" (David Walton, The New York Times Book Review)

This fresh, compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age. From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as one of his adventures. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, Teller of Tales sets aside many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the man behind the legend of Baker Street, with a particular emphasis on the Psychic Crusade that dominated his final years-the work that Conan Doyle himself felt to be "the most important thing in the world."

About the Author

Daniel Stashower is the author of four mystery novels and a winner of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805050745
Subtitle:
The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle
Author:
Stashower, Daniel
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Doyle, arthur conan, sir, 1859-1930
Subject:
Authors, Scottish
Subject:
Spiritualists
Subject:
Physicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990413
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-page bandw insert
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.52 x 6.6 x 1.525 in

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"Review" by , "[W]ell-researched, well-constructed, and well-written....Conan Doyle's personality...is fully brought out and the narrative garnished with much unfamiliar detail."
"Review" by , "[A] gripping, sympathetic bio that proves that Doyle was anything but elementary."
"Synopsis" by ,
Winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Biographical Work, this is "an excellent biography of the man who created Sherlock Holmes" (David Walton, The New York Times Book Review)

This fresh, compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age. From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as one of his adventures. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, Teller of Tales sets aside many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the man behind the legend of Baker Street, with a particular emphasis on the Psychic Crusade that dominated his final years-the work that Conan Doyle himself felt to be "the most important thing in the world."

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