Through the Magic Door

Through the Magic Door

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by Arthur Conan Doyle
     
 

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"My judgments may differ very far from yours, and my likings may be your abhorrence; but the mere thinking and talking of books is in itself good, be the upshot what it may. " Was it the future we were looking at last week, as we passed around the first Electronic Book to arrive in our offices? Big changes may indeed be heralded by the plastic high-tech

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"My judgments may differ very far from yours, and my likings may be your abhorrence; but the mere thinking and talking of books is in itself good, be the upshot what it may. " Was it the future we were looking at last week, as we passed around the first Electronic Book to arrive in our offices? Big changes may indeed be heralded by the plastic high-tech gadget we perplexedly examined; but they won't, I feel sure, really have anything to do with what we unregenerate readers mean when we say we love books—love reading them, yes, but also love holding them in our hands, turning their pages, having them, and keeping them intimately present in, and as expressions of, our lives in those testaments to our bookishness, our personal libraries. The myriad significances of a serious reader's collection of books is warmly and evocatively demonstrated in a relatively unknown little work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which was brought to our attention by George MacDonald Fraser (see his Introduction to our edition of The White Company & Sir Nigel). Through the Magic Door is Conan Doyle's casually eloquent, heartfelt tour of some of the cherished books on his own shelves—"no volume there which is not a dear, personal friend"—and I can't recall reading anything which better conveys a sense of what it means to take books to heart. The battered old volumes purchased when to buy one meant going without a meal; the flawless stories which awakened an interest in becoming a writer; the classic biographies or histories which opened the past to an eager imagination: each book prompts an essay in appreciation, reflections both personal and literary. Thus as we gain insight into the mind of Holmes's creator, we also partake in bookish talk of the first order, reminded about works we've already read, guided enthusiastically to others that have eluded us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781535204842
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/09/2016
Pages:
122

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Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859- 7 July 1930) was both a writer and physician; and is best known for his fictional works about detective Sherlock Homes. Sir Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland from English and Irish descent. During his lifetime he married twice and fathered five children. He pursued an independent medical practice, an opthomology practice, ran for political office and personally investigated 2 cases that resulted in the exoneration of the accused.

In his 50's, Sir Doyle explored spiritualism and the concepts of eternal life and the true essence of life. During this time he wrote several works: The Land of Mist, The Coming of the Fairies and The History of Spiritualism.

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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