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Biography: Arthur Conan doyle

Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887, where “A Study in Scarlet” was first published

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Doyles were a prosperous Irish-Catholic family. Charles Altamont Doyle, Arthur’s father, a chronic alcoholic, was a moderately successful artist, who apart from fathering a brilliant son, never accomplished anything of note.

At the age of twenty-two, Charles had married Mary Foley, a vivacious and well educated young woman of seventeen. Mary Doyle had a passion for books and was a master storyteller. Her son Arthur wrote of his mother’s gift of “sinking her voice to a horror-stricken whisper” when she reached the culminating point of a story. There was little money in the family and even less harmony on account of his father’s excesses and erratic behaviour.

Arthur’s touching description of his mother’s beneficial influence is also poignantly described in his autobiography, “In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all, the vivid stories she would tell me stand out so clearly that they obscure the real facts of my life.”

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‘Hemingway’ Review: Ken Burns’ Series Dives Into The Writer’s Complicated Life : NPR

Ken Burns’ three-part documentary about American writer Ernest Hemingway (shown above) premieres on PBS April 5. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images


March 30, 20212:22 PM ET, Heard on Fresh Air

A three-part PBS documentary probes deeply into Ernest Hemingway’s life and his writings. Among those featured are each of his four wives, who shed light on the author’s troubled personal life.

Source: ‘Hemingway’ Review: Ken Burns’ Series Dives Into The Writer’s Complicated Life : NPR

‘Lucky for him he could write’: Ken Burns takes on Ernest Hemingway

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Too white, too male, too privileged – and according to some critics, that’s just one of the co-directors. A new PBS documentary on an American giant sails in stormy waters…

“In some ways this is [our] most adult film,” Burns said. “I don’t mean that in any rating way. I mean that in how complicated it is to be able to tolerate contradiction, to be able to tolerate undertow, to understand that he could be one thing and the opposite of that thing at the same time.”

Daniels is not the only big name attached to the project. Meryl Streep voices the great journalist Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife. Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson read the words of Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer and Mary Welsh.

Source: ‘Lucky for him he could write’: Ken Burns takes on Ernest Hemingway

How Stephen King’s Wife Saved Carrie  and Launched His Career | Mental Floss

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How the master of horror got his first big break—and how his wife inspired him.

Source: How Stephen King’s Wife Saved Carrie  and Launched His Career | Mental Floss

The fall of Ernest Hemingway | America Magazine

“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading a great biography is like watching a tragedy unfold. The promises of youth gradually give way to the limitations imposed by reality, and demise and denouement inevitably ensue.

Source: The fall of Ernest Hemingway | America Magazine

Discovered: Hemingway’s 99-Year-Old Letters to His High School Crush

New letters shed light on Hemingway’s unrequited love and early life, showing a seldom-seen side of the budding author in high school.

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