The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur...

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February 06, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" by Martin Booth (St. Martin's Minotaur, 371 pages, $27.95)

Though his immensely varied and phenomenally constructive life was often eclipsed by his virtually miraculous Sherlock Holmes story, Doyle was a sublime Victorian polymath. Martin Booth, author of 12 novels and, among other books, a history of opium, has produced a biography that gives fair, balanced and fascinating measure to the whole man. A delightful exploration even for readers indifferent to Holmes -- if such people exist.

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