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I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded. I have known what it was to be a poor man and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent. I have sampled every kind of human experience. I have known many of the most remarkable men of my time. I have had a long literary career after a medical training which gave me the MD of Edinburgh. . . My life has been dotted with adventures of all kinds. Finally, I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world ...

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I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded. I have known what it was to be a poor man and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent. I have sampled every kind of human experience. I have known many of the most remarkable men of my time. I have had a long literary career after a medical training which gave me the MD of Edinburgh. . . My life has been dotted with adventures of all kinds. Finally, I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world the final result of thirty-six years' study of the occult. . . . Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my Memories and Adventures. —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Early recollections; 2. Under the Jesuits; 3. Recollections of a student; 4. Whaling in the Arctic Ocean; 5. My voyage to West Africa; 6. My first experiences in practice; 7. My start at Southsea; 8. My first literary success; 9. Pulling up the anchor; 10. The great break; 11. Sidelights on Sherlock Holmes; 12. Norwood and Switzerland; 13. Egypt in 1896; 14. On the edge of a storm; 15. An interlude of peace; 16. The start for South Africa; 17. Days with the army; 18. Final experiences in South Africa; 19. An appeal to the world's opinion; 20. My political adventures; 21. The years between the wars; 22. The years between the wars (contd.); 23. Some notable people; 24. Some recollections of sport; 25. To the Rocky Mountains in 1914; 26. The eve of war; 27. A remembrance of the dark years; 28. Experiences on the British Front; 29. Experiences on the Italian Front; 30. Experiences on the French Front; 31. Breaking the Hindenburg Line; 32. The psychic quest.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    This book would be a best seller today! Check it out.

    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!

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    the info. is very helpful and easy to comprehend

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