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On Conan Doyle" is another of Michael Dirda's volumes proselytizing for authors and books he admires.

On Conan Doyle" is another of Michael Dirda's volumes proselytizing for authors and books he admires. It is a delight from beginning to end. Most of us know Arthur Conan Doyle (he did not style himself "Sir" on his books) only as the author of four novels and 56 short stories about Sherlock Holmes and his chronicler, Dr. John Watson.

On Conan Doyle; or, The Whole Art of Storytelling is a 2011 book about Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Dirda. Published by Princeton University Press on 10 October 2011, it later went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Critical, Biographical Works in 2012.

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A prolific professional writer, Conan Doyle was among the most important Victorian masters of the supernatural short story, an early practitioner of science fiction, a major exponent of historical fiction, a charming essayist and memoirist, and an outspoken public figure who attacked racial injustice in the Congo, campaigned for more liberal divorce laws, and defended wrongly convicted prisoners. Michael Dirda's book-length appreciation had the desired effect, in that he has led me to believe that I won't regret my desire to revisit Holmes and Watson in printed form.

Michael Dirda’s books have a charm consisting of boyish enthusiasm combined with sophisticated knowledge about books and literature

Michael Dirda’s books have a charm consisting of boyish enthusiasm combined with sophisticated knowledge about books and literature Читать весь отзыв. Пользовательский отзыв - MM Jones - LibraryThing. Anyone that agrees with Michael Dirda's statement "This is in truth why one reads: for delight, for excitement" will certainly enjoy this tribute to Conan Doyle. The lifelong fan and Pulitzer-prize.

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Series: Writers on Writers. On Conan Doyledescribes all of these achievements and activities, uniquely combining skillful criticism with the story of Dirda's deep and enduring affection for Conan Doyle and his work. Published by: Princeton University Press. This is a book for everyone who already loves Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the world of 221B Baker Street, or for anyone who would like to know more about them, but it is also a much-needed celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's genius for every kind of storytelling. eISBN: 978-1-4008-3949-0.

Anyone that agrees with Michael Dirda's statement "This is in truth why one reads: for delight, for excitement" will certainly enjoy this tribute to Conan Doyle.

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A passionate lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Michael Dirda is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars―the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups. Combining memoir and appreciation, On Conan Doyle is a highly engaging personal introduction to Holmes's creator, as well as a rare insider’s account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars.

On Conan Doyle is a much-needed celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius for every kind of storytelling.


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Giamah
"On Conan Doyle" is another of Michael Dirda's volumes proselytizing for authors and books he admires. It is a delight from beginning to end. Most of us know Arthur Conan Doyle (he did not style himself "Sir" on his books) only as the author of four novels and 56 short stories about Sherlock Holmes and his chronicler, Dr. John Watson. But the subtitle of Dirda's book is "The Whole Art of Storytelling," and the reader soon discovers that Doyle was a prolific professional author who wrote adventure novels, historical novels, novels of everyday life, supernatural short stories, science fiction, a history of World War I, and, toward the end of his life, tracts about spiritualism. Dirda introduces us to all of them in a way that can easily have you hunting for them almost before you finish reading this compact volume.

Most of all, "On Conan Doyle" is a treat for Holmes fans because the main focus of the book is Sherlock Holmes. Dirda starts with an engaging memoir of his own first encounter with the Great Detective (not unlike the experience of many of us) before giving a succinct biography of Doyle and taking up his other writing. A bit more than halfway through the book Dirda turns to the Baker Street Irregulars, the band of Holmes devotees founded by Christopher Morley in 1934 and still splendidly active. Dirda's account of his personal BSI encounters and induction into membership is most enjoyable and includes an enticing excerpt from one of his own excursions into the game of Sherlockian "scholarship."

His penultimate chapter is an appreciation of Doyle's non-Holmes stories and novels, and he ends with "Good Night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." Both have generous quotations from other Doyle admirers. An appendix, "Education Never Ends, Watson," lists a judicious selection of books by and about Doyle, the Great Detective, and the world of 221B Baker Street.

I cannot recommend "On Conan Doyle; Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling" too highly.

(This is the third volume in a series -- Writers on Writers -- from the Princeton University Press. The others published so far are about Susan Sontag and Walt Whitman. We should hope the series develops exponentially.)
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Years ago while at work on a graduate degree in comparative literature at Yale, I developed a keen interest in the short stories of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) and was thus delighted when one of the professors provided me with a heavily annotated bibliography of resources about Chekhov, his works, and his world in Czarist Russia. Soon thereafter I returned home to Chicago for summer vacation. I read as many resources as I could obtain and re-read the short stories with much greater understanding and appreciation, grateful to that benevolent professor. I thought of him again as I worked my way through Michael Dirda's On Conan Doyle, one of the volumes in the new "Writers on Writers" series. He shares with me and his other readers a wealth of insights, not only about a specific author and age but also about the joys of reading, in general, and his own in particular.

As Dirda explains, "On Conan Doyle, or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, is a book about the pleasures of reading, a celebration of plot and atmosphere, adventure and romance, and an invitation to go beyond the Sherlock Holmes stories to explore a remarkable body of writing...In general, I reveal as little as possible about the action or plots of Conan Doyle's various stories and novels. I tell enough to bolster an argument or illustrate some aspect of style, but no more."

These are among the dozens of observations that caught my eye, provided to suggest the thrust and flavor of Dirda's narrative:

o "Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930) wasn't knighted in 1902 for creating Sherlock Holmes, though many readers feel he should have been. The literary journalist, Christopher Morley, founder of the Baker Street Irregulars, declared that he should have been sainted." (Page 9)

o "In the course of our lives, we naturally read Watson's tales of Holmes's exploits for myriad reasons: When young, for the expertly paced and thrilling plots; when older, to return to the cozy, gaslit, 1895 when all seemed right with the world, or at least when the world itself still seemed rightable." (23)

o "From his earliest schooldays Arthur Conan Doyle possessed an almost preternatural gift for storytelling. He once called his talent as a youthful talespinner in his essay, 'Juvenilia.' On a 'wet half-holiday,' he would stand on a desk, with classmates squatting on the floor all around him, and talk himself 'husky over the misfortunes of my heroes,' sometimes pausing at the very height of the action until he was bribed to continue with pastries and apples." (74)

o Conan Doyle on Oscar Wilde: "He had a curious precision of statement, a delicate flavour of humour, and a trick of small gestures to illustrate his meaning, which were peculiar to himself. The effect cannot be reproduced. but I remember how in discussing the wars of the future he said: 'A chemist on each side will approach the frontier with a bottle' -- his upraised hand and precise face conjuring up a vivid and grotesque picture." (93)

Note: Dirda includes several dozen of what I characterize as "snapshots" from Conan Doyle's works, strategically located throughout his own narrative. These brief excerpts sharpen the thrust and enrich the flavor of that narrative.

o "The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) was established in 1934 by literary journalist Christopher Morley as a sodality devoted to honoring the greatest of all consulting detectives, Sherlock Holmes of 221B Baker Street. The group takes its name from the ragamuffin street urchins who occasionally assist the detective; as Holmes says, they can 'go everywhere, see everything, hear everyone.'" (126)

o "'Any studies in Sherlock Holmes,' Ronald Knox said, 'must be, first and foremost, studies in Dr. Watson.' Though he refers to himself as the whetstone against which Holmes sharpens his wits, Watson is hardly the bumbling idiot portrayed by Nigel Bruce in the 1940s movies with Basil Rathbone. He is a former soldier, a man of action, easy to get on with, manly, direct, and utterly dependable." (190-191)

The very best of creative writers master both the art and the craft of bringing to life characters and events that previously did not exist, possessing what Birda characterizes as an "almost preternatural gift for storytelling." In some respects a gift, yes, but it also requires highly-developed skills as well as natural talent to make a story compelling and memorable. Arthur Conan Doyle offers an excellent case in point.

When concluding this book, Michael Dirda observes, "As long as readers exist, young people will be discovering Sherlock Holmes and thrilling to the immortal promise: `Come Watson, come, the game is afoot!' As Vincent Starrett long ago declared, these two will always live `in a romantic chamber of the heart, in a nostalgia country of the mind, where it is always 1895.'" How grateful that I can visit that realm whenever I wish.
Tam
Michael Dirda, in this enchanting short volume, takes the reader on a tour of all things Doylean. But no dry critique this but rather a springboard for digressions on adventure stories and their creators, Victorian and Edwardian fantasists now mostly forgotten such as Lord Dunsany and H. Rider Haggard, and many charming autobiographical asides of how Doyle and his writing kin influenced and enriched his life.

While the first half introduces the reader to the "Doyle nobody knows" -his biography and interests, his other writings both fictional and non such as memoir and lectures, essays and polemics - the second introduces us to Dirda's involvement with the Baker Street Irregulars, a fan society encircling the life and works of Doyle and particularly that famous fictional detective.

Anyone who has ever read Dirda knows what a fluent and ingratiating writer he is, and rather than a critic is best labeled a professional enthusiast. One rarely leaves his writings without groaning under the weight of a lengthy list of suggestions for future reading. All of this is done with wit, affection and a deep love for the written word.

But first you will need return to your Sherlock Omnibus and retrace those "footprints of a gigantic hound".
On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling (Writers on Writers) download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Michael Dirda
ISBN: 0691151350
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Edition edition (October 30, 2011)
Pages: 232 pages