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The Resource Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Daniel Stashower

Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Daniel Stashower

Label
Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle
Title
Teller of tales
Title remainder
the life of Arthur Conan Doyle
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Stashower
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Award
  • Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, 1999.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical, 2000.
Review
An elementary life of the writer, historian, and activist who wanted to be remembered as more than "just" the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Novelist Stashower (Elephants in the Distance, 1989, etc.), like many fans of the Great Detective, is somewhat disappointed that Holmes's creator tried so hard to live him down. Still, Conan Doyle's latest biographer has immersed himself in all his works, from Professor Challenger's proto-sci-fi adventures, Brigadier Gerard's Napoleonic exploits, and assorted historical novels, to his detailed nonfiction and obsessive Spiritualist output—not to mention, also, the author's phenomenally active life. The origins of Holmes are well enough known: for example, how the young Edinburgh-trained doctor, languishing in a Portsmouth practice, decided to write a detective story, basing his hero on his old medical school lecturer, Dr. Joseph Bell. Stashower offers no revelations about this or other aspects of Conan Doyle's early life, though by keeping a clear sense of context, he does scour the self-deprecation that Conan Doyle cast over them later. Indeed, if Conan Doyle had not made the serious career error of trying to start an ophthalmology practice in London, Stashower argues, he might well have remained a general practitioner with a literary sideline. Even as Sherlock Holmes took off in the Strand magazine, the author valued other projects more, such as his historical novels. And as he turned his prodigious energies to other interests—for instance, skiing in the Swiss Alps, running for a seat in Parliament, enlisting as a medical officer in the Boer War, campaigning against wrongful convictions (notably the cases of George Edalji and Oscar Slater), and finally, Spiritualism—Stashower can suggest only that Conan Doyle's crusading zeal served as a replacement for his early, lost Catholic faith and that his belief in the Cottingley fairy hoax could be rooted in his institutionalized father's own fancies. A doggedly thorough investigation, though missing a few psychological clues. (b&w photos, not seen) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 1999)
Biography type
individual biography
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155876
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DLC
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Stashower, Daniel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Authors, Scottish
  • Authors, Scottish
  • Spiritualists
  • Physicians
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the life of Arthur Conan Doyle
Label
Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Daniel Stashower
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
343944
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 472 pages
Isbn
9780805050745
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
98035059
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780805050745
Label
Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Daniel Stashower
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
343944
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 472 pages
Isbn
9780805050745
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
98035059
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780805050745

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