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Arthur Conan Doyle – Available Biographical Studies

Biographical Studies | For Further Reading

The following listing details all published biographies to date and adds information relating to other published material which contains valuable and interesting biographical material.

Books are listed in order of publication. Details of British and North American publications have been given where this information is available.


[1] The Rev. John Lamond: Arthur Conan Doyle, A Memoir
(a) London: John Murray, 1931; (b) Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press, 1972.

[2] Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle, His Life and Art
(a) London: Methuen, 1943; (b) New York: Walker & Co, 1961.

[3] Adrian Conan Doyle: The True Conan Doyle
(a) London: John Murray, 1945; (b) New York: Coward McCann, 1946.

[4] John Dickson Carr: The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(a) London: John Murray, 1949; (b) New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949.

[5] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centenary, 1859–1959
Foreword by Adrian Conan Doyle; 'Some Aspects of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work and Personality' by P. Weil Nordon
(a) London: John Murray, 1959; (b) Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1959.

[6] Michael and Mollie Hardwick: The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes
(a) London: John Murray, 1964; (b) Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1964.

[7] Pierre Nordon: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: L'Homme et L'Oeuvre
(a) Paris/Bruxelles: Didier, 1964.

[8] Pierre Nordon: Conan Doyle
Translation of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: L'Homme et L'Oeuvre
by Frances Partridge
(a) London: John Murray, 1966; (b) New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.

[9] Mary Hoehling: The Real Sherlock Holmes — Arthur Conan Doyle
(for children)

(a) New York: Julian Massner, 1965

[10] James Playstead Wood: The Man Who Hated Sherlock Holmes – A Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(for children)

(a) New York: Pantheon Books, 1965

[11] Ivor Brown: Conan Doyle
(a) London: Hamish Hamilton, 1972

[12] Charles Higham: The Adventures of Conan Doyle
(a) New York: W.W. Norton, 1976; (b) Toronto: George J. McLeod, 1976; (c) London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976

[13] Ronald Pearsall: Conan Doyle: A Biographical Solution
(a) London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1977; (b) New York: St Martin's Press, 1977

[14] Julian Symons: Portrait of an Artist – Conan Doyle
(a) London: Whizzard Press / Andre Deutsch, 1979

[15] Owen Dudley Edwards: The Quest for Sherlock Holmes
(a) Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1983

[16] Alvin E. Rodin & Jack D. Key: Medical Casebook of Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle
(a) Malabar, FL: Robert E. Krieger, 1984

[17] Geoffrey Stavert: A Study In Southsea : From Bush Villas to Baker Street. The Unrevealed Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(a) Horndean: Milestone Publications, 1987

[18] James McCearney: Arthur Conan Doyle (in French)
(a) Paris: La Table Ronde, 1988

[19] Kelvin I. Jones: Conan Doyle and the Spirits
(a) Wellingborough, Aquarian Press, 1989

[20] Michael Coren, Conan Doyle
(a) London: Bloomsbury, 1995

   [21] Martin Booth: The Doctor, The Detective & Arthur Conan Doyle – A Biography of Arthur Conan Doyle
(a) London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997

[22] Daniel Stashower: Teller of Tales : The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle
(a) New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1999
(b) London: Allen Lane The Penguin Press, 2000

[23] Janet B. Pascal: Arthur Conan Doyle Beyond Baker Street
(a) Oxford Portraits: Oxford University Press, 2000

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Michael Baker: The Doyle Diary: The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery, with a Holmesian Investigation into the strange and curious case of Charles Altamont Doyle. London: Paddington Press, 1978

Peter Costello: The Real World of Sherlock Holmes: True Crimes Investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle. London: Robinson, 1991

Bernard M. Ernst & Hereward Carrington: Houdini and Conan Doyle: The story of a strange friendship. London: Hutchinson, 1933

John Michael Gibson & Richard Lancelyn Green (Eds.): The Unknown Conan Doyle: Uncollected Stories. London: Secker & Warburg, 1982

John Michael Gibson & Richard Lancelyn Green (Eds.): The Unknown Conan Doyle: Letters to the Press. London: Secker & Warburg, 1986

John Michael Gibson & Richard Lancelyn Green (Eds.): The Unknown Conan Doyle: Essays on Photography. London: Secker & Warburg, 1982

Clifford S. Goldfarb: The Great Shadow: Arthur Conan Doyle, Brigadier Gerard & Napoleon. Ashcroft, B.C.: Calabash Press, 1997

Richard Lancelyn Green: The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes. London: Penguin, 1983

Richard Lancelyn Green & John Michael Gibson: A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Soho Bibliographies), 1983, 1984

Jacqueline A. Jaffe: Arthur Conan Doyle. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1987

Jon Lellenberg (Ed.): The Quest for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Thirteen Biographers In Search of a Life. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987

Scott Allen Nollen: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Cinema. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996

Harold Orel (Ed.): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Interviews and Recollections. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991

Harold Orel (Ed.): Critical Essays on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. New York: G.K. Hall, 1992

Christopher Redmond: Welcome to America, Mr Sherlock Holmes: Victorian America meets Arthur Conan Doyle. Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1987

Christopher Redmond: A Sherlock Holmes Handbook. Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1993

Donald A. Redmond: Sherlock Holmes Among the Pirates: Copyright and Conan Doyle in America 1890–1930. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1990

Christopher & Barbara Roden (Eds.): Western Wanderings. Penyffordd, Chester: The Arthur Conan Doyle Society, 1994

Harry Stone: The Casebook of Sherlock Doyle : True Mysteries Investigated by Conan Doyle. Romford: Ian Henry, 1991

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