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Teller of Tales

Teller of Tales

The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

Daniel Stashower

Henry Holt and Co.

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Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner

Winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Biographical Work, this is "an excellent biography of the man who created Sherlock Holmes" (David Walton, The New York Times Book Review)

This fresh, compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age. From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as one of his adventures. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, Daniel Stashower's Teller of Tales sets aside many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the man behind the legend of Baker Street, with a particular emphasis on the Psychic Crusade that dominated his final years--the work that Conan Doyle himself felt to be "the most important thing in the world."

Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner, Agatha Awards - Winner, Anthony Awards - Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, Macavity Award - Nominee

Praise for Teller of Tales

“A gripping sympathetic bio that proves that Doyle was anything but elementary.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An appealing and much-needed biography of the man who created one of literature's renowned eccentrics.” —The Wall Street Journal

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Daniel Stashower

DANIEL STASHOWER is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler as well as other publications. His books include The Hour of Peril, Teller of Tales, and The Beautiful Cigar Girl.