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The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Free Pr
Publication date November 18, 2008
Pages 557
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743275255
ISBN-10 074327525X
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.18 lbs.
Original list price $32.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's name is recognized the world over, for decades the man himself has been overshadowed by his better understood creation, Sherlock Holmes, who has become one of literature's most enduring characters. Based on thousands of previously unavailable documents, Andrew Lycett, author of the critically acclaimed biography Dylan Thomas, offers the first definitive biography of the baffling Conan Doyle, finally making sense of a long-standing mystery: how the scientifically minded creator of the world's most rational detective himself succumbed to an avid belief in spiritualism, including communication with the dead.

Conan Doyle was a man of many contradictions. Always romantic, energetic, idealistic and upstanding, he could also be selfish and fool-hardy. Lycett assembles the many threads of Conan Doyle's life, including the lasting impact of his domineering mother and his wayward, alcoholic father; his affair with a younger woman while his wife lay dying; and his nearly fanatical pursuit of scientific data to prove and explain various supernatural phenomena. Lycett reveals the evolution of Conan Doyle's nature and ideas against the backdrop of his intense personal life, wider society and the intellectual ferment of his age. In response to the dramatic scientific and social transformations at the turn of the century, he rejected traditional religious faith in favor of psychics and séances -- and in this way he embodied all of his late-Victorian, early-Edwardian era's ambivalence about the advance of science and the decline of religion.

The first biographer to gain access to Conan Doyle's newly released personal archive -- which includes correspondence, diaries, original manuscripts and more -- Lycett combines assiduous research with penetrating insight to offer the most comprehensive, lucid and sympathetic portrait yet of Conan Doyle's personal journey from student to doctor, from world-famous author to ardent spiritualist.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780743275231
 
from Free Pr (December 18, 2007); titled "The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"
9780743275231 | details & prices | 559 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A portrait based on research into thousands of previously unavailable documents offers an alternative view of the prestigious author that depicts him as a contradictory man who embodied both upstanding and cruel tendencies, covering such topics as his dysfunctional parents, his extramarital affair, and his fanatical pursuit of scientific data.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Free Pr (November 18, 2008); titled "The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"
9780743275255 | details & prices | 557 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $32.99
About: Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's name is recognized the world over, for decades the man himself has been overshadowed by his better understood creation, Sherlock Holmes, who has become one of literature's most enduring characters.
Miscellaneous
from Free Pr (December 18, 2007); titled "The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"
9781416545804 | details & prices | 416 pages | List price $13.99

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