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Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters #2020

Arthur Conan Doyle A Life in Letters More than seventy five years after his death the famed creator of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of the world s best loved authors This candid never before published volume of lett

  • Title: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters
  • Author: Jon Lellenberg Charles Foley Daniel Stashower
  • ISBN: 9781594201356
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters By Jon Lellenberg Charles Foley Daniel Stashower, More than seventy five years after his death, the famed creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, remains one of the world s best loved authors This candid, never before published volume of letters sheds light on Conan Doyle s fascinating career, not only as an author but as a physician, sportsman, war correspondent and crusader for social justice From his troubledMore than seventy five years after his death, the famed creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, remains one of the world s best loved authors This candid, never before published volume of letters sheds light on Conan Doyle s fascinating career, not only as an author but as a physician, sportsman, war correspondent and crusader for social justice From his troubled marriage to his controversial Spiritualist beliefs and from his early whale hunting days to later celebrity, each chapter of Conan Doyle s life was as gripping as any of his own adventure tales Gracefully written and warmly revealing, these letters illuminate Conan Doyle s life, character and career as never before.

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    1. As someone who read the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes as a teenager, I was biased towards his creator even before picking up this rare book of Arthur Conan Doyle s letters, primarily to his mother, over a 50 year period.Doyle was a man of immense stamina, perseverance and self absorption Doctor, writer, playwright, cricketer, politician, war correspondent, lecturer, volunteer soldier, businessman, inventor, investor, philanthropist, country squire, spiritualist, and political advisor are [...]

    2. it offered a great view on his life the letters covered a few areas of his life and provided a sort of biography of his life funny the fact how we can learn so of someone s life on the letters they wrote made me think if the same will be applied to our generation, what will others read, our emails or facebook statuses I had shorter edited version concentrating on key events and letters liked it a lot

    3. I heard about this book on NPR, and was so excited I m somewhat of a ACD geek, and had heard that his letters were lost hidden I d always longed to read them, but I thought I d just be picking around and reading a few Who wants to read a whole book of letters to his mother Me, that s who I haven t been able to put it down There s so much people don t know about Doyle he introduced skiing to Europe He influenced Winston Churchill to enter politics He could have been a professional cricket star an [...]

    4. A unusual and intimate look at the creator of Sherlock Holmes I very much enjoyed learning about Doyle s life through his own narrative, though I m certain he never imagined the world would one day pour over his private letters That in it s self makes them all the intriguing.

    5. What an intriguing human being Who would have thought that an author best known for short mystery stories would be so active in the government, religion, and war I had two problems with this book 1 The device of learning about a person through their own letters is cute, but not a very cohesive way to tell a story Too much repetition and unnecessary details I enjoyed the paragraphs between the letters than the letters.2 I expected there to be interaction between this biography and the Sherlock [...]

    6. His life must have been one of the best gifts a son could give his mother From how I understood it, this book is a collection of letters Doyle sent to his mum since childhood but also featured are some notes he sent to others, particularly friends and relatives, as well as some brief intros by the editors.

    7. It was very interesting to learn about personality and values of Conan Doyle I found it funny that he didn t much like Sherlock being his most popular work, and I ve found some other books I want to read by him An insightful work of his life in letters to his mother.

    8. A Life in Letters is a weighty book At times completely riveting, at others utterly boring, it almost exclusively contains letters written by Doyle to his mother over a period of 50 years Insight is provided into all of the chapters of a truly unique life, from schoolboy to Spiritualist missionary via doctor, whaler, author, war correspondent, sportsman, army volunteer, politician, businessman, husband and father The title of the book could not be apt Conan Doyle truly lived his life working ha [...]

    9. I couldn t put it down There is something voyeuristic about reading someone s private letters I would go so far to say better than biography this is the man by his own hand without reflection What a magnificent life and such ability showing at an early age, clearly a genius The compilers have worked very hard to give the book as close to a narrative thread as is possible with letters The book is 686 pages and I was only felt let down by the last 50 pages where we dwelt on Conan Doyle s spiritual [...]

    10. Loved this book I usually don t care for biographies, but this is no typical biography It s a collection of Conan Doyle s letters from the time he was 8 years old in boarding school until a decade before his death As readers, we learn about his life, in his own voice and through his own perceptions We follow him through his years at school, his struggle to establish a medical practice, his early attempts as a short story writer, his success with Sherlock Holmes, his secret but apparently chaste [...]

    11. I really enjoyed learning about Arthur Conan Doyle through his own words via letters to his family mostly his mother and his friends Even the smallest things that he wrote about help give the modern day reader an idea of what life was like during that time period The authors who compiled the letters did a pretty good job of filling the reader in on what was likely going on during the time periods where there were no letters mother may have been visiting Doyle so no letters between them.I would [...]

    12. Only read some here and there Very thorough Found a new author to explore Geo Meredith Arthur and Oscar Wilde got along alright the few times they met Of all his novels, it The White Company gave him the most pleasure He declared at the end of his life I was young and full of the first joy of life and action, and I think I got some of it into my pages When I worte the last line, I remember that I cried Well, I ll never beat that, and threw the inky pen at the opposite wall, which was papered wit [...]

    13. I enjoyed the letters that gave me an insite into Conan Doyle s life and thoughts, but found a great many of the letters to be accounts of the money he either owed or made or sent to his mother The fact that he wrote to his mother for over 50 years and had such a good relationship was very telling of what a thoughtful son he was This was even after they had very diferrent ideas of religion, formal and spirtitful.

    14. ACD is almost as interesting as his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes His personality comes through loud and clear in this selection of his letters immensely self assured and confident, but also determined, open minded, insistent on justice and fairness, and able to see his own flaws Read this in conjunction with Julian Barnes s novel Arthur and George.

    15. I nodded off as he was talking about money with his mother.n I did love his non Holmes short stories The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is wonderful.

    16. This was like reading someone s mail It gave incredible insight into this complicated man and his daily affairs and feelings The biggest thing about this was I realized how we no longer communicate in this indepth fashion Shame on us.

    17. Honestly, didn t finish this whole book It is wonderful, all the letters Arthur Doyle EVER WROTE But it s a lot to chew on at once I m putting it on the shelf for awhile and will pick it back and keeping going when I m in the mood for detail

    18. life through letters the annotations helped and didnt drag it down not riveting but interesting full of current issues

    19. An epistolary insight into the life of Britain s foremost mystery storyteller this compilation is comprehensive and charming.

    20. I didn t know that Jon L Lellenber is the representative of Conan Doyle Estate Ltd, successor to the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just found his biography.

    21. Great resource of what was going on in the mind of one of my favorite authors Made me want to read of his writings Which I am now doing.

    22. Really interesting depiction of a fascinating life Well annotated, makes me want to know about such an active literary and political personality.

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