On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling

From Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Michael Dirda, a delightful introduction to the creator of Sherlock Holmes


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Oct 10, 2011
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A passionate lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Michael Dirda is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars—the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups. Combining memoir and appreciation, On Conan Doyle is a highly engaging personal introduction to Holmes’s creator, as well as a rare insider’s account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars.

On Conan Doyle is a much-needed celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius for every kind of storytelling.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Best Critical/Biographical Category, Mystery Writers of America
  • Finalist for the 2012 Marfield Prize, The National Award for Arts Writing, Arts Club of Washington
  • One of The Times Literary Supplement’s Books of the Year 2014, chosen by Joyce Carol Oates