The best source for information on Arthur Conan Doyle is his own autobiography, Memories and Adventures. All his letters and papers have been tied up in lawsuits and unavailable since the early 1930s, shortly after his death. Only John Lamond, John Dickson Carr, and Pierre Nordon were able to see these papers before they were withdrawn. Every biography that has been published since that time has been restricted to the material they quoted.
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Baring-Gould,William Stuart. Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street:The Life of the World's First Consulting Detective. New York: Random House, 1995.A [biography] of the great detective.
Carr, John Dickson. The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. London: John Murray; New York: Harper, 1949. Carr, a mystery writer, collaborated with Adrian Conan Doyle on several Sherlock Holmes adventures. His entertaining biography reads like a novel and is not strictly factual.
Cooke, Ivan, ed. The Return of Arthur Conan Doyle. Liss, Hampshire, England:White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1980. Part two of this book,[The Message of Arthur Conan Doyle,] was supposedly written by Arthur Conan Doyle after his death, through the medium Grace Cooke.
Costello, Peter. The Real World of Sherlock Holmes:The True Crimes Investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1991.
Doyle,Adrian Conan. The True Conan Doyle. New York: CowardMcCann, 1946.Adrian Conan Doyle wrote this pamphlet to refute Hesketh Pearson's biography of his father, in which, he believed, Pearson had belittled Arthur Conan Doyle.
Edwards, Owen Dudley. The Quest for Sherlock Holmes:A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes & Noble, 1983.
Hall,Trevor H., with contributions by Charles O. Ellison. Sherlock Holmes and His Creator. London: Duckworth, 1978.
Higham, Charles. The Adventures of Conan Doyle:The Life of the