As a writer and public figure, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can be considered one of the great Victorians, despite the fact that he lived until 1930. His literary output was enormous, with more than fifty books published on a wide range of subjects. Much of his work appears dated now, but in Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson Conan Doyle created two of the most memorable and loved characters of all time; and Brigadier Gerard, that outrageously vain but endearing hussar in Napoleon’s army, is a splendidly drawn comic character. Of the science fiction and historical novels, the Professor Challenger adventure, The Lost World and the prize-fighting Rodney Stone still read particularly well today.
Julian Symons has written a sympathetic and informed portrait of Conan Doyle. A brilliantly concise and readable introduction to the man and his work.