Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Born on this Day: Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1859–1930)

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1859–1930)
Source: www.biography.com

Writer, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, born in Edinburgh, EC Scotland, UK. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, but poverty as a medical practitioner made him turn to writing. His first book, A Study in Scarlet (1887), introduced the super-observant, deductive Sherlock Holmes, his good-natured question-raising friend, Dr Watson, and the whole apparatus of detection mythology associated with Baker Street, Holmes's fictitious home. After The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was serialized in the Strand Magazine (1891–3), the author tired of his popular creation, and tried to kill off his hero, but was compelled in 1903 to revive him. Conan Doyle himself set greater stock by his historical romances, such as The White Company (1890). He served as a physician in the Boer War (1899–1902), and his pamphlet, The War in South Africa (1902), earned him a knighthood (1902). He also wrote on spiritualism, to which he became a convert in later life.

Related Works
  • 1887 A Study in Scarlet
  • 1889 Micah Clarke
  • 1890 The Sign of Four
  • 1891 The White Company
  • 1896 Rodney Stone
  • 1896 The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard
  • 1897 Uncle Bernac
  • Novels
  • 1898 The Tragedy of the ‘Korosko’
  • 1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • 1903 The Adventures of Gerard
  • 1906 Sir Nigel
  • 1912 The Lost World
  • 1913 The Poison Belt
  • 1915 The Valley of Fear
  • 1926 The Land of Mist
  • Stories
  • 1892 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • 1894 The Stark Munro Letters
  • 1894 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • 1905 The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • 1917 His Last Bow
  • 1927 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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1. (Len Deighton) DOYLE, Arthur Conan.
Adventure of the Priory School.

Santa Barbara Santa Teresa Press 1985 Hardcover
A facsimile of the original Sherlock Holmes manuscript. Introduction by Len Deighton. First printing - limited to 350 numbered copies (this copy is number 228). SIGNED by Len Deighton. Fine in a near fine (light age toning along the spine) dust jacket.
Price: 75.00 USD
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2. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.
Guards Came Through and Other Poems.

NY George H. Doran 1920 Hardcover Very Good
First American edition. This copy came from the personal library of Margaret Sanger (famed feminist and founder of the birth-control movement in the United States) and bears her printed book-plate on the front paste-down. In addition, laid in is a typed library-style reference card which states "Library of Margaret Sanger" and is dated from 1964, only two years prior to the advocate's death. A relatively scarce Conan Doyle title with a rather interesting association. Small octavo, tan board
Price: 400.00 USD
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3. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.
His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.

NY Oxford University Press 1993 0192123157 Hardcover Fine
Part of The Oxford Sherlock Holmes series. Edited with an introduction by Owen Dudley Edwards. First printing thus. Fine in a fine dust jacket. ISBN: 0192123157.
Price: 20.00 USD
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