Arthur Conan Doyle: The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Norman

By Andrew Norman

Within the 12 months 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to be on the top of his good fortune as a physician, a sportsman, a author of old novels, a champion of the oppressed and, so much particularly, the writer of that honorable, courageous, and eminently good grasp detective, Sherlock Holmes. each new Holmes tale was once greeted with nice anticipation and self belief within the wisdom that, notwithstanding advanced the crime, the supremely clever and logical detective could clear up it. yet in 1916 Conan Doyle shocked his readers via pointing out that he believed in Spiritualism. And while, in 1922, he released a ebook during which he professed to think in fairies, his devotees have been pretty non-plussed. How may the guy who invented the ultra-rational Holmes declare to think in whatever as imprecise and unproven because the paranormal? Andrew Norman delves into either Doyle’s scientific documents and his writings to solve the secret.

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