Memories and Adventures

Memories and Adventures

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by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Whitfield
     
 

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Known as 'the great northern diver' to his crewmates, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) fell into the Arctic Ocean on three occasions during his voyage as doctor on a whaler, before becoming part of the harpooning crew. This adventure sets the scene for the remarkable variety of his later life. In his autobiography, first published in 1923, he details

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Known as 'the great northern diver' to his crewmates, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) fell into the Arctic Ocean on three occasions during his voyage as doctor on a whaler, before becoming part of the harpooning crew. This adventure sets the scene for the remarkable variety of his later life. In his autobiography, first published in 1923, he details everything from that first voyage to his literary success, his collaboration with playwright J. M. Barrie (whose Sherlock Holmes parody is included), and his involvement in the setting up of volunteer groups during the First World War. He describes how the methods of Sherlock Holmes helped him solve several real-life mysteries and, in a touching counterpoint to this scientific approach, closes with a chapter on his belief in spiritualism. Characteristically astute and entertaining, this book will appeal to students of early twentieth-century history, Holmes fans and the curious general reader alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786116553
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Sherlock Holmes Mystery Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.40(d)

Meet the Author

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical romances and two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy, The Lost World (1912) and The Poison Belt (1913). He served as a physician in the South African war (1899-1902), and his pamphlet, The War in South Africa (1902), correcting enemy propaganda and justifying Britain's action, earned him a knighthood in 1902.

Robert Whitfield, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, was born in England. He worked for ten years as a radio news announcer for the BBC and as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audio, he is involved in numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 22, 1859
Date of Death:
July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:
Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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Memories and Adventures 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Courtenay More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended - this is an insightful look into the life of the creator and author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries (and other) books. In his own words, Conan Doyle describes growing up in Scotland, his life as a physician, his early forays into writing, travels to exotic parts of the world,reporting on two wars, family life, ventures into the political arena, marriages, fatherhood, and his eventual embracement of Spiritualism and abandonment of his Catholic upbringing. We end up seeing him as a kind, warm-hearted, sincere, brilliant, humble and at times just a little arrogant. Loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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