Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel StashowerWinner 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 leg 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.
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Originally a physician, in he published A Study in Scarlet , the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle was a prolific writer; other than Holmes stories, his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard , as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, " J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement ", helped to popularise the mystery of the Mary Celeste. Doyle is often referred to as "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" or "Conan Doyle", implying that "Conan" is part of a compound surname rather than a middle name.
In fact, he was a double knight He was both of them. On 20 july, he received his Certificate of Honour from the University of London. He was placed eighty-first. In april , Arthur Conan Doyle submitted his MD thesis An essay upon the vasomotor changes in tabes dorsalis and on the influence which is exerted by the sympathetic nervous system in that disease , and he was awarded Doctor of Medicine MD, Medicinae Doctor degree from the University of Edinburgh in july
Through the influence of Dr. While a medical student, Conan Doyle was deeply impressed by the skill of his professor, Dr. Driven by public clamour, Conan Doyle continued writing Sherlock Holmes adventures through His short stories were collected in several volumes, and he also wrote novels e. Conan Doyle, however, claimed the success of Holmes overshadowed the merit he believed his other historical fiction deserved, most notably his tale of 14th-century chivalry , The White Company , its companion piece, Sir Nigel , and his adventures of the Napoleonic war hero Brigadier Gerard and the 19th-century skeptical scientist Professor George Edward Challenger. When his passions ran high, Conan Doyle also turned to nonfiction.
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By Rachel Ward. He reportedly bought a car without ever having driven one before. In , he took part in the Prince Henry Tour, an international road competition organised by Prince Henry of Prussia to pit British cars against German ones. Doyle paired up with his second wife, Jean, as one of the British driving teams. It is, in fact, only one of his two middle names. Shortly after he graduated from high school he began using Conan as part of his surname.