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The Doyle diary : the last great Conan Doyle mystery : with a Holmesian investigation into the strange and curious case of Charles Altamont Doyle

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The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's father, Charles Altamont Doyle was incarcerated in a Victorian asylum due to his alcoholism. His random jottings and exquisite illustrations in an attempt to prove his sanity, later became this fascinating journal.
Paperback, 91 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1978)
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Natalie

Loved the research, reproduction of Charles Altamont Doyle's illustrated diary and the photographs.

Didn't go in so much for the way Doyle's biographer tries to wrap the story of Charles Altamont Doyle's life in a Holmesian metaphor. Seems a little twisted to tell the tale of the father in terms dictated by the fictional constructs of the son? Someone more immersed in Freudian theory can tackle explaining why for me!

What is incredible here are the illustrations . . . the elder Doyle was indeed
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L.
The introduction, written in the style of a faux-Holmesian investigation, is rather cloying, although some interesting information is contained within it. Doyle's diaries themselves, on the other hand, are fascinating and fanciful--clearly not the work of a madman, though perhaps the work of an eccentric. Some of the drawings are just silly sketches, but there are some amazingly well-executed pieces in there as well. (The insights into his opinions on Irish political issues stand out in particul ...more
Linda
Oct 12, 2007 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!...
Thank you Mr. David Silverman for introducing me to this book! I remember that you found a copy of this at a goodwill you'd worked at years ago and then you told me to look at your copy. it took me a while, but then i got obsessed!

it's a facsimile copy of charles doyle's (aurthur's father) watercolor diaries while he wa incarcerated in a Dumfries mental asylum for 'insanity'.
Wendy
Apr 30, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this at my local Good Will today. This might top the $19.00 cashmere coat for best thrift store find of all time.
Jay Mandeville
Jun 06, 2013 Jay Mandeville rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is as beautiful & mysterious as the imagination of Charles Altamont Doyle.
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Beautiful book.
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Such a beautiful, simple book that shows the story of a man with an inventive mind.
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