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The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This vivid biography, written by John Dickson Carr, a giant in the field of mystery fiction, benefits from his full access to the archives of the eminent Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—to his notebooks, diaries, press clippings, and voluminous correspondence. Like his creation Sherlock Holmes, Doyle had "a horror of destroying documents," and until his death in 1930, they accumula ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published 1949)
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Joanna Peterson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, sympathetic look at the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In dealing with the biography, the author also gives a good overview of British history during ACD’s lifetime. I can now say all I know about the Boer War I learned from this book.
The author intrusion was a bit distracting at times.
Riju Ganguly
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Blame it on Graham Moore!

While the urge to read about Sir ACD has gripped me occasionally, this time, with all his talk of missing papers, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and turn of the century London, he made me try to read the book which enjoys a special reputation. It's not only Sir Arthur's first "authorised" biography, but also written by John Dickson Carr, a giant in the arena of mystery-writing.

Well, to cut it short, this book has been structured like a novel, and is a faster read than most aw
Neil Davies
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very well researched and fascinating book about a fascinating man. The only two things that stopped it getting five stars were
(1) the constant use by the author of the phrase 'this biographer' when referring to his own opinion or something he discovered. I found this an irritating and rather pompous way and would have preferred a simple 'I'.
(2) his attitude towards those who were less than enthusiastic about any of Mr Doyle's writing. It's obvious he is a fan of Doyle which is fine, but he coul
Bonnie Staughton
I really love all characterizations of Sherlock Holmes so I was really interested in reading the biography of Arthur Conan Doyle. Most of this book by John Dickson Carr I thoroughly enjoyed though there were 2 places when I was thinking "why am I reading this?". One when Mr. Carr describes the Boer War and then when he discusses the political scene. Both of these subjects eventually got around to Sir Arthur. Thankfully. I never knew that Sir Arthur was an inventor or that he believed so much in ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the approach to this biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, Dickson Carr wrote it in story fashion, so it is a breeze to read and feels more like fiction with the cleverly woven anecdotes. An added bonus is that it is written by someone who lived in his time and didn't have to research the societal norms or historical background because he was there. Beautifully written, well researched - Carr had access to the family letters and Conan Doyle's notebooks before they got tied up in decades of le ...more
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fascinating bio of interesting man that dabbled in spiritualism and medicine and traveled widely.
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sherlock Holmes or Professor Challenger
Fans of Sherlock Holmes or Professor Challenger should be sure to read mystery writer John Dickson Carr biography of Sir Arthur, they'll be glad that they did.
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AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.

John Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1906. It Walks by Night, his first published detective novel, featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin, was published in 1930. Apart from Dr Fell, whose first appearance was in Hag's Nook in 1933, Carr's other series detectives (published under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) were the b

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