Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (18591930), best known as the author of Sherlock Holmes stories but also a devout spiritualist, was entirely convinced by a set of photographs apparently showing two young girls from Cottingley in Yorkshire playing with a group of tiny, translucent fairies. To demonstrate his unshakeable belief in the spirit world, he published The Coming of the Fairies in 1922. Doyle’s book lays out the story of the photographs, their supposed provenance, and the implications of their existence.
Featuring an original extract from a 1920 article from The Liverpool Echo about Doyle and the fairy photographs, this quirky and fascinating book allows us to get inside the mind of an intelligent, highly respected man who happened to believe in fairies.
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About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British novelist and historian best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. His later decades were taken up with his advocacy of the new religion of Spiritualism, in which he was a devoted believer. He also wrote historical novels, including The White Company, which he considered his favorite.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Doyle was a firm believer, and in their own way, caught up in childhood's wonder and happiness, the girls, too, were believers in the Daoine Sidhe. Whether or not they staged the pictures - and the evidence and later interviews strongly suggested that they did - the fact remains that these pictures and the spirited debate that they sparked made others realise that there is indeed a subjective reality lurking in the sunlight and shadows behind our 'normal' lives. A good read, and quite thought-provoking.