Arthur Conan Doyle book: A Life in Letters

With today being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday, we are looking at the 2007 Arthur Conan Doyle book – A Life in Letters.  He was the creator of Sherlock Holmes, born on May 22, 1859.

In my October 29, 2015 blog post we looked at The address is “Elementary, my dear Watson” and included reference to The Philatelic Sherlock Holmes site. For my stamp collecting readers you’ll want to visit that site, it has stamps Canonical, covers, reference works, Cinderella issues, and Canonical collections.

And be sure to check out Our 10 favourite actors to play Sherlock Holmes article today, by Ben Squires.

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters book

The 2007 hardback is entitled Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters; Hardcover – November 1, 2007, by Jon L. Lellenberg (Author), Daniel Stashower (Author), Charles Foley (Author). 

“This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the world’s most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and exploits rival that of his famous creation. In particular, Conan Doyle’s correspondence with his mother exposes his endless search for fulfillment and success outside the Holmes stories.”

From Publishers Weekly: “…The editors—Doyle experts Lellenberg and Stashower, and Doyle’s great-nephew Foley—have nicely balanced the content: the letters reveal Doyle’s stiff upper lip when he lost a son during the Great War, and his sense of humor, as in a hilarious report to his mother on the birth of his daughter Mary. This will be essential reading for all fans of Conan Doyle and his sleuth…”

Circling back to my blog post, The address is “Elementary, my dear Watson”, from 2015, I’m including again this item:

And for the truest of Sherlock Holmes fans, my apologies for the Title of today’s blog post – I’m reading it was never actually said by Sherlock Holmes – one of those famous misquotes:

“Probably the most famous of Sherlock Holmes quotes, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” was never spoken by Sherlock Holmes.  That is to say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote those exact words for his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.  However, Sherlock Holmes does say the words “elementary” and “my dear Watson” quite often.”

Here’s to enjoying this Monday as we greet the new week!

Anchors Aweigh,  


Arthur Conan Doyle book Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today

Image above cover and excerpt- Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters Hardcover – November 1, 2007 by Jon L. Lellenberg (Author), Daniel Stashower (Author), Charles Foley (Author). Publishers Weekly quote from listing of hardcover.

This Day In History, May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born.

Wikipedia Arthur Conan Doyle May 22, 1859 – July 07, 1930, aged 71.

Link Our 10 favourite actors to play Sherlock Holmes, May 22, 2017 by Ben Squires. @oversixty60 daily blog post: The address is “Elementary, my dear Watson”, October 29, 2015 by Helen Rittersporn.



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