Free Shipping in Australia on over 5 million books in stock
Arthur Conan Doyle By Daniel Stashower

Arthur Conan Doyle

Used Price
$36.99
inc. GST
Free Shipping in Australia
These remarkably candid and previously unpublished letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his mother, dating from 1867 until her death in 1921, paint a fascinating portrait of one of Britain's most beloved authors and a complex man who both embodied and defied the conventions of his time.

Only 3 left


Arthur Conan Doyle Summary


Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Daniel Stashower

These remarkably candid and previously unpublished letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his mother, dating from 1867 until her death in 1921, paint a fascinating portrait of one of Britain's most beloved authors and a complex man who both embodied and defied the conventions of his time. More than seventy-five-years after his death, Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of Britain's best-loved authors. Famed as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was a fascinating man in his own right -- physician, sportsman, crusader for social justice, war correspondent and military historian. From his early whale-hunting days to his later celebrity, Conan Doyle's life was as gripping as any of his own adventure tales. Throughout, his mother Mary Foley was Conan Doyle's principal confidante, the recipient of a stream of startlingly frank letters from her devoted son. Over a thousand letters between them survive from the time Arthur was sent away to boarding school in 1867, aged eight, until her death in 1920. They reveal a man whose early career was marked by a distinct lack of success as Conan Doyle struggled to establish a medical practice of his own, filling long, patient-less days by scribbling short stories that would result in the creation of Holmes. To Conan Doyle's chagrin, the detective would remain his most famous creation, vastly overshadowing the historical novels, plays and other writings on which he pinned his literary aspirations. In later years, Conan Doyle evolved into an impassioned public figure and highly opinionated commentator on the important issues of the day. A deeply moral man of uncompromising political convictions, he nevertheless spent much of his married life passionately in love with another woman. His Catholic mother, with whom he discussed the affair, approved and encouraged the relationship. And yet despite their close bond neither she nor public ridicule could convince him to abandon the eccentric spiritualist beliefs he embraced in later life. This stunningly candid volume of never-before-published letters sheds fascinating light on a man who has remained largely hidden behind his most famous character. Gracefully written and consistently revealing, these letters illuminate his life, character and career as never before.

Customer Reviews - Arthur Conan Doyle


Why buy from World of Books

Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
Free delivery in Australia
Read more here
Every used book bought is one saved from landfill

Arthur Conan Doyle Reviews


'Fairly hums with Conan Doyle's trademark enthusiasm.' Independent on Sunday 'Superbly edited by three Conan Doyle scholars, (it) sheds new light on the writer's work and inner life, as well as his various love affairs and spiritualist crises!"A Life in Letters" is a monument to the enduring popularity of the occupant of 221b Baker Street and greatest investigator of all!This plum pudding of a book is essential reading to fans of Conan Doyle.' Financial Times 'The letters add up to a self--portrait of a clean, decent, outdoor sportsman of prodigious energy and boyish optimism!who always loved mother best.' Daily Mail 'Books of the Year' 'The selected letters!convey an almost physical presence of the author, with his strange mixture of kindness and carelessness, overbearing self-confidence and depressive self-doubt.' Economist 'This fascinating collection of previously unpublished letters from the creator of Sherlock Holmes offers a revealing glimpse of a Renaissance man fated to be overshadowed by his most famous character!essential reading for all fans of Conan Doyle and his sleuth.' Publishers' Weekly 'Sheds fascinating light on the writer's various love affairs and Spiritualist crises.' Evening Standard Review for 'Teller of Tales' by Daniel Stashower: 'The most readable biography of him since John Dickson Carr's, and of course it pays proper attention to his literary career, neither downplaying nor over-emphasising his major achievement, Sherlock Holmes.' Roger Johnson, District Messenger

About Daniel Stashower


By Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley

Additional information

GOR002002431
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Daniel Stashower
Daniel Stashower
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2007-09-17
400
0007247591
9780007247592
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.