Teller of Tales

Teller of Tales

The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

Book - 1999 | 1st ed.
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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."
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805050745
0805050744
9780805066845
0805066845
Characteristics: xv, 472 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Liber_vermis
Dec 05, 2018

Very readable biography of an important author, activist, reformer, and unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Liber_vermis
Dec 05, 2018

More than 100 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 and misunderstood. This ... 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, Sir Arthur lived a life as gripping as one of his own adventure stories. 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 Sir Arthur's final years. This biography is complimented by about a dozen black and white photographs, a bibliography, and an index - but it lacks endnotes.

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