We're pleased to welcome two noted authors to the show this week: Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower. The recently edited a biography about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle along with Doyle's great-nephew Charles Foley. Comprised of hundreds and hundreds of letters, the book is already a critical success and is gaining popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. We talk with Jon and Dan to get some of the behind-the-scenes information from them.
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- Introduction of Jon & Dan, their qualifications
- Why this biography is so different, after 20 others
- Where did all of these letters come from?
- Working with the Conan Doyle estate
- The heavy influence of Mary Doyle in her son's life
- Jon & Dan share perspectives of working with original letters - the good & the bad
- More of the bad: a chronologist's nightmare
- Looking at Conan Doyle's faith and his turn to spiritualism
- Did the editors find any surprises or new discoveries?
- How the biographers view their subject now, after working so closely with his letters
- The Editor's Gas-Lamp: The Baker Street Journal, Volume 4, No. 1, 1949 (Old Series)
- Show wrap-up