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  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007247605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007247608
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.


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‘Fairly hums with Conan Doyle’s trademark enthusiasm.’ Independent on Sunday

‘Superbly edited by three Conan Doyle scholars, (it) sheds new light on the writer's work and inner life, as well as his various love affairs and spiritualist crises…“A Life in Letters” is a monument to the enduring popularity of the occupant of 221b Baker Street and greatest investigator of all…This plum pudding of a book is essential reading to fans of Conan Doyle.’ Financial Times

‘The selected letters…convey an almost physical presence of the author, with his strange mixture of kindness and carelessness, overbearing self-confidence and depressive self-doubt.’ Economist

About the Author

Jon L. Lellenberg is the representative of Conan Doyle Estate Ltd, successor to the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's daughter and heir, Dame Jean Conan Doyle. He is one of the editors of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters.



Charles Foley is Arthur Conan Doyle's great-nephew and executor of his literary estate. He was one of the editors of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters. He lives in Sussex, UK.



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most famous for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes and long-suffering sidekick Dr Watson. Conan Doyle was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Randall Stock on 25 Sep 2007
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This is the first book of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's private letters. It provides an intimate and unvarnished view of the famous author that should appeal to both serious Holmesians and casual readers interested in Conan Doyle.

These letters reveal details of everyday life not mentioned in biographies, and clarify events that many biographers tend to gloss over. We also learn some new things about the Sherlock Holmes stories, including the fact that two prominent Holmes fans encouraged Conan Doyle to continue writing them when he might have stopped.

As a Conan Doyle researcher, I produce FAQs and web checklists of Conan Doyle manuscripts and archival materials. I'd expected this to be purely a reference book but I ended up reading it straight through. Conan Doyle's style is very readable, and the editors provide excerpts from his autobiography and other details for a smoothly-flowing narrative that's interesting and engaging.

This book is an essential resource for every library. Anyone doing research on Conan Doyle or Sherlock Holmes will want to consult this volume. Even if you've already read a biography about Conan Doyle, you should read this book of his uncensored letters. You're certain to learn something new and get a fresh perspective on the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wood on 14 Jan 2013
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This is a great insight into the life of Arthur Conan Doyle through his correspondences. It starts with his early letters back home when he was in boarding school as a boy.
If you've tried and failed to get hold of his autobiography because of the cataloguing error on amazon that means you get sent his complete collection of short stories instead, then this is a good alternative :)
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By Tracy Kemp on 25 Aug 2014
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Very useful book. Love it.
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By Marian Duffy on 30 Nov 2014
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Very engaging
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Masayoshi Ishida on 27 Oct 2010
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I read this book only recently to see whether or not Doyle was a gullible person (contrary to his Sherlock Holmes) as many authors, like Ruth Brandon in her book (1983) "The Spiritualists," judge him. The relevant material appears in the last chapter of the book, His Last Crusade.
His last quoted letter (of 27 December 1920) in the book appears in the last of the chapter, in which he wrote about his psychic experience with a medium, Mrs. Roberts, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Doyle apparently received a message from his dying mother in England through the medium. His mother Mary Doyle died on 30 December 1920.
Skeptics may be right to say that Doyle was gullible to have the psychic experience through the medium; if he was not, he did not receive the message.

Doyle believed in afterlife and hence, he did his last crusade to the end of his life at 71. If there really is an afterlife, the weight of Doyle's soul, if measured by Dr. Duncan MacDougall, might have weighed at more than 21 grams. By the way (if you do not mind), I recently published a technical paper to show theoretically the validity of MacDougall's experiment of measuring the change in weight at the moment of death in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 24, pp. 5-39; the Journal is on sale at amazon.com.
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