n English in Africa - Sharing his South African interests : the case of Arthur Conan Doyle
|Article Title||Sharing his South African interests : the case of Arthur Conan Doyle|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Oct 2013|
|Pages||121 - 134|
The publication of some essential texts withheld from the public until recently makes a reassessment of the life and works of Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) not only practical at last, but essential. These include Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters of 2007, which released his prolific correspondence, mainly with his large family and especially his mother, from his schooldays in the 1860s through to her death in her eighties. This was followed in 2008 by Russell Miller's The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, drawing upon this particular resource for the first time.
Also in 2007 came Andrew Lycett's Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes, which is the first biography able to call on the entire range of Doyle resources opened to researchers. Whereas several previous biographers - for example, Pearson in 1943 and Symons in 1979 - had restricted access to Doyle's censored remains, tending as a result to fall for repeating his own line on himself (as in his Memories and Adventures of 1924), Lycett has opened the whole case afresh, calling in all the evidence.
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