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Conan Doyle Paperback – April 23, 1987

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Born in 1887 at Hawford, Worcesterhire, Hesketh Pearson was educated at Bedford Grammar School, then worked in a shipping Office and spent two years in America before beginning a career as an actor in 1911. Until 1931 he worked successfully in the theatre, which provided many insights for his subsequent writing career. Pearson's early works included 'Modern Men and Mummers' which consisted of sketches of well-known figures in the theatre, and also short stories in 'Iron Rations'. 'Doctor Darwin', a biography of Darwin which was published in 1930, was widely acclaimed and established him as one of the leading popular biographers of his day. Subsequently he concentrated on his writing full-time. However, for a period of some seven years he was in the doldrums, following an unsuccessful attempt to get the title 'Whispering Gallery' published. He nonetheless persisted, and subsequently had published several important biographies of major figures, such as Conan Doyle, Gilbert and Sullivan and George Bernard Shaw. His skill and expertise was widely recognised, such that for example he was able to gain the co-operation of Shaw, who both contributed and later wrote a critique of his biography, and the executors of Conan Doyle's estate who gave Pearson unprecedented access to private papers. Pearson was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in 1964. His biographies have stood the test of time and are still regarded as definitive works on their subjects. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (April 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0049280716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0049280717
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,057,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James T. Lyon on January 13, 2013
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Informative in substance and readable in presentation. I had read it many years (sixty or so) before and wished to check on my recollection of incidents narrated. They had remained clearly with me, and were confirmed on reading.
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Pearson's biography of Sir Authur Conan Doyle is a wonderful work that captured the inter working of a man that created one of the best known characters in history. The book follows Doyle from his beginings as a poor doctor to his rise as an author. The book written in 1943 is stright to the point and does not dwell on the leagend that has come from Doyle's work. Pearson shows that by the end Doyle hated Holmes, and felt that he took focus away from his better works. Well Written and short a must read for Holmes fans of all ages.
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