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The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 9, 2008
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Russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eight previous books. His oral histories of D-Day, Nothing Less Than Victory, and the Special Operations Executive, Behind the Lines, were widely acclaimed. His most recent book was Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War’s Most Extraordinary Double Agent. He lives in Britain.
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The early years open on mystery. CD's father's tragic alcoholism and insanity, his mother's strangely intimate longtime boarder half her age, and CD's own struggles as a poor medical graduate vividly evoke people's quirks and lapses behind the stern facade of later Victorian England and Scotland. While London, so well portrayed in the Holmes stories, surprisingly had been little lived in by CD, Miller's book conjures up the milieu effectively. He also does so in the wider world CD explored.
CD had an adventerous life even prior to his authorial success: whaling in the Arctic, sailing to Africa, golf at the pyramids, camel rides in Egypt gain in his letters as much verve and wit as the birth of his first child or the loss of his vacation home. Miller quotes from the correspondence to set off the anodyne autobiography, the mundane diary, and the assumptions of earlier biographers who lacked the letters as a crucial resource. From the letters, CD emerges as a hearty figure who in person was much more bluff and outgoing than readers of Holmes expected. Jingoistic, stubborn, and productive, CD after a rough start as an author found success with Sherlock, quit his practice, and wrote an amazing amount of work the rest of his life, albeit of diminishing quality.Read more ›
Miller chronicles both the great genius and near-childlike foolishness that characterized Conan Doyle's life, while maintaining an even hand. It would be easy to deride Conan Doyle, who for the latter part of his life, was willingly taken in by the frauds and charlatans of the Spiritualist movement. Miller presents Conan Doyle's foibles while maintaining his respect for his subject.
A must-read for Sherlock Holmes fans, people who enjoy Victorian literature, and writers.
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