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The man who created Sherlock Holmes : the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Lycett

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The man who created Sherlock Holmes : the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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The man who created Sherlock Holmes
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the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Andrew Lycett
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  • Lycett, biographer of Rudyard Kipling and Dylan Thomas, turns his attention to the father of detective stories in this enjoyable if densely packed biography. From his early years in Edinburgh to his life at boarding school, Conan Doyle developed a love of storytelling and mythology. After finishing medical school, he turned to writing as a way to explore his paradoxical interest in spiritualism and science. While writing his first Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet,” published in 1886, Conan Doyle continued to practice medicine and tend to his growing family. Lycett shows that Conan Doyle often viewed his laconic detective’s stories as inferior to his other work, which included everything from the social novel to a history of Britain’s involvement in WWI. With his detailed descriptions of the Doyle family tree, Lycett often overwhelms the reader with names and dates, but fans won’t be disappointed with his unearthing of the origins of the famous detective’s name (fellow student Patrick Sherlock and Oliver Wendell Holmes) or Conan Doyle’s associations with everyone from Oscar Wilde to Harry Houdini. Those looking for a close reading of the Holmes canon should look elsewhere, but fans of the in-depth literary biography will find this a satisfying read. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 15, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 41, p53)
  • Released in the United Kingdom last year, this biography draws on thousands of previously unavailable documents—including correspondence, diaries, and original manuscripts—that Penguin published under the title Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters in November. In it, journalist-turned-biographer Lycett (Dylan Thomas: A New Life ) presents a detailed, fact-filled portrait of Doyle (1859–1930), the prolific writer whose most lasting achievement was the creation of the character of Sherlock Holmes. For fans of Holmes and another of Doyle's famous characters, Professor Challenger (of The Lost World ), this will be essential reading, though even this audience may be put off by Lycett's vast detailing of Doyle's large family, his later consuming interest in spiritualism, and his many pastimes and interests. Lycett at times seems disapproving of his subject, especially in his dwelling on Doyle's extramarital affair (with Jean Leckie, who became his second wife) and on his increasing obsession with spiritualism. Libraries should still keep John Dickson Carr's The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1949), one mystery master's appreciation of another. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries. (Introduction, family tree, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, and postscript not seen.)—Morris Hounion, NYC Coll. of Technology Lib. at CUNY --Morris Hounion (Reviewed February 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 3, p105)
  • The life of Arthur Conan Doyle from the first biographer to be granted access to the Doyle archives.The leading problem in writing about the creator of Sherlock Holmes is that Doyle always considered the detective stories that brought him fame and fortune inferior to his other writing, especially the historical novels and military histories by which he hoped to be remembered. Lycett (Dylan Thomas: A New Life, 2004, etc.) may not find a compelling balance between what Doyle thought was important about his life and work and what most readers will think important, but he does an excellent job rooting the Holmes stories in the financial and legal realities of their author's life. A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four were among many projects the Edinburgh-trained physician planned to start his literary career. The first two series of Holmes short stories were written to order for a particular market; and after killing his tiresomely superior hero off in 1894, Doyle resurrected him only when it suited the requirements of a story he had already planned (The Hound of the Baskervilles) or as a means to some ready cash (the last three volumes of short stories). Lycett's access to archival material sometimes threatens to overwhelm his portrait in minutiae, and his schematic portents (history, faith and family "were to battle for supremacy in Arthur's personality") are seldom persuasive. But his handling of newly available information on the uneasy triangle involving Doyle and his first and second wives; his checkered relationship with Harry Houdini, the debunker of spiritualism whom Doyle persistently and mistakenly claimed as an ally; and the tangled web of copyright lawsuits of film adaptations of Sherlock Holmes are all welcome.Not by any means a new Doyle, but a familiar one supported by a wealth of new detail. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2007)
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individual biography
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216597
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Lycett, Andrew
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  • 823/.8
  • B
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4623
LC item number
.L93 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Authors, Scottish
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the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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The man who created Sherlock Holmes : the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Lycett
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Originally published: Conan Doyle : the man who created Sherlock Holmes. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-509) and index
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657677
Dimensions
25 cm
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First Free Press hardcover edition.
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x, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780743275231
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2007034816
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  • (Sirsi) i9780743275231
  • (OCoLC)148843231
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The man who created Sherlock Holmes : the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Lycett
Link
Publication
Note
Originally published: Conan Doyle : the man who created Sherlock Holmes. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-509) 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
657677
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 559 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743275231
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2007034816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780743275231
  • (OCoLC)148843231

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