More than a hundred 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 frequently misunderstood. This fresh and 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, Arthur Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as one of his own 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". I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded, Conan Doyle once wrote. "Teller of Tales" presents that story with rare panache.
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Despite (or because of) the tremendous success of his Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always tended to play down their value and importance in his life. Just before his death in 1930, he drew a memorable sketch of his life's work. Conan Doyle portrayed events from his life as a series of packing cases being loaded onto a wagon and pulled by a flea-bitten workhorse. Perhaps the heaviest case of all, notes Daniel Stashower in his fascinating biography Teller of Tales, is the one that reads "Sherlock Holmes". Stashower's intent is to show that Conan Doyle was not Sherlock Holmes and that his life consisted of much more than the now ridiculed spiritualism to which he devoted much of his later years. He succeeds to a surprising degree, convincing us that The White Company and Sir Nigel (forgotten novels that Conan Doyle thought were his best) are indeed worth reading. As for the spiritualism, Stashower meticulously places his subject's long fascination with it into a compassionate and fully researched social context. We come away certain that Conan Doyle (along with many other worthy citizens of the period) really believed in it. -- Dick AdlerAbout the Author:
Daniel Stashower is the author of two mystery novels and a winner of the Raoymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing. He lives in Washington DC.
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Book Description Penguin, London, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Creasing to covers and spine, small tear (5mm) to bottom of spine edge, pages clean, binding good. Famous for creating the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's own life was as fascinating as any of his crime stories. Yet the fictional detective overshadowed Conan Doyle's other achievements, from serving as a medic in the Boer War to pioneering skiing. In many way the typical British gentleman - bluff, patriotic and sporty - Conan Doyle was not afraid of controversy, whether campaigning against atrocities in the Congo, for reform of the Divorce Law or against miscarriages of justice. Perhaps most surprising was his obsession with spiritualism and the paranormal. What led the creator of the practical, scientific Holmes to spend years trying to reach the 'other side'? Daniel Stashower's award winning biography presents a rounded portrait of the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary genius. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 006048