Arthur Conan Doyle: The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Norman

By Andrew Norman

Within the 12 months 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was once on the peak of his luck as a physician, a sportsman, a author of historic novels, a champion of the oppressed and, so much particularly, the author of that honorable, courageous, and eminently good grasp detective, Sherlock Holmes. each new Holmes tale used to be greeted with nice anticipation and self assurance within the wisdom that, despite the fact that advanced the crime, the supremely clever and logical detective may remedy it. yet in 1916 Conan Doyle stunned his readers through pointing out that he believed in Spiritualism. And whilst, in 1922, he released a booklet during which he professed to think in fairies, his devotees have been quite non-plussed. How may possibly the guy who invented the ultra-rational Holmes declare to think in whatever as imprecise and unproven because the paranormal? Andrew Norman delves into either Doyle’s clinical files and his writings to solve the secret.

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Fools and intelligent people are equally undamaging. Half-fools and half-sages, these are the most dangerous of all. 52. There is no way of more surely avoiding the world than by art, and it is by art that you form the surest link with it. 53. Even at the moment of highest bliss and of highest distress we need the artist. 54. Art deals with what is hard to bear and with what is good. 55. Seeing difficulties handled with ease gives us a sight of the impossible. 56. Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.

The greatest people are always linked with their century through some weakness. 50. One usually considers people more dangerous than they actually are. 51. Fools and intelligent people are equally undamaging. Half-fools and half-sages, these are the most dangerous of all. 52. There is no way of more surely avoiding the world than by art, and it is by art that you form the surest link with it. 53. Even at the moment of highest bliss and of highest distress we need the artist. 54. Art deals with what is hard to bear and with what is good.

For Goethe was an anatomist and geologist as well as a composer of masterpieces in every literary genre. He was a botanist and a thinker as well as a critic and a translator. He was, in addition, a fine pictorial artist and theatre director as well as being an outstanding administrator and Privy Councillor. He has been claimed as the greatest German mind that has ever lived, and although much of his scientific writing was not taken seriously by his contemporaries or his successors, his literary shadow fell starkly over every writer to follow him.

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