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I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

Nov 9, 2007

"a man of letters" [WIST]


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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Show Notes

  • 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