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Doyle and Holmes Continue

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John Dickson Carr. The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949.

In his own right an accomplished mystery writer of the "Golden Age" of the 1930s, John Dickson Carr, whose gentlemanly habits were similar to Conan Doyle's, was requested by the family to produce a biography. It was written with the full cooperation of the family, and with access to Conan Doyle's voluminous correspondence, diaries, notebooks and family albums. Carr notes in his foreword, "But please do not imagine that, because this record has been presented like fiction, it is 'novelized' biography." He notes further that each statement or description is documented in the wealth of material available to him, and through the assistance of Adrian Conan Doyle.

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. New York : The Baker Street Irregulars, 1948.

The Baker Street Irregulars, an organization devoted to preserving and memorializing all things related to Sherlock Holmes, published its first book (although not its first publication) in 1948. This edition includes an introduction from man-of-letters Christopher Morley, and a "Bibliographical Note" by Edgar W. Smith, the editor of The Baker Street Journal.


Bloomington by Gaslight:
Sherlock Holmes in the Lilly Library