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22 May 1859, Edinburgh M.D., Kt, D.L., LL.D., Sportsman, Writer, Poet, Politician, Justicer, Spiritualist Crowborough, 7 July 1930

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:Published Biographies

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Biographies about Arthur Conan Doyle have been published since 1923. Conan Doyle was the first to write one in his auto-biography Memories and Adventures serialized from october 1923 to july 1924 in The Strand Magazine. He also wrote reports of his long trips abroad with his family for lecture tours: Our American Adventure (1923), Our Second American Adventure (1924) and Our African Winter (1929).

The first post-mortem biographies were written by the Swedish Viktor Olsson in 1930 : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Liv Och Minnen, and his friend John Lamond in 1931 : Arthur Conan Doyle: A Memoir. Since then, not least than 23 full biographies have been written and others about parts of his life.

A short one was written by his own son Adrian Malcolm Conan Doyle in 1945 (The True Conan Doyle) as an answer to a previous biography written by Hesketh Pearson (Conan Doyle: His Life and Art, 1943) which he thought the book was a travesty and the values therein ascribed to him were the very antithesis of everything that he represented, believed in and held dear (sic).

Note also that Conan Doyle published an article Juvenilia in 1894 where he narrated his young years.

This following list shows original editions only.

Biographies and Semi-Biographies

Reference Books with Biographical content

Aside biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, many studies have been written concerning specific topics of his life like his bibliography, crimes he investigated and solved, and his crusade for spiritualism...

This following list only shows original editions.


  • Arthur Conan Doyle by Marianne Stjepanovic-Pauly (2008) (French Language)
  • On the Trail of Arthur Conan Doyle: An Illustrated Devon Tour by Brian W. Pugh & Paul R. Spiring
  • Conan Doyle: Not Only Sherlock Holmes Nikolay Nadezhdin (Russian Language)
  • Conan Doyle (Lives of Remarkable People series) by Maxim Chertanov (Russian Language)


  • Oscar Slater: The ‘Immortal’ Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Thomas Toughill (2007)
  • The Family and Residences of Arthur Conan Doyle by Philip Bergem


  • Conan Doyle And The Parson's Son: The George Edalji Case by Gordon Weaver


  • The Conan Doyle Crowborough Walk by Brian W. Pugh


  • The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Stephen Hines
  • Final Seance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle by Massimo Polidoro


  • Arthur Conan Doyle and the Meaning of Masculinity by Diana Barsham


  • Arthur Conan Doyle by Judith Peacock (For Children)
  • Conan Doyle: Holmes-SF-Spiritualism by Mikio Kawamura (Japanese Language)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle by Roman Belousov (Russian Language)
  • The Mysterious Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Cynthia Adams (For Children)


  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Cinema by Scott Allen Nollen



  • The Casebook of Sherlock Doyle: True Mysteries Investigated by Conan Doyle by Harry Stone


  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Interviews and Recollections by Harold Orel
  • The Real World of Sherlock Holmes: True Crimes Investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle by Peter Costello


  • Conan Doyle and the Spirits: the Spiritualist Career of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Kevin I Jones



  • Letters to the Press, by Arthur Conan Doyle (University of Iowa Press)
  • Adventuring in England with Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle by Alvin E. Rodin & Jack D. Key


  • The Medical Casebook of Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle by Alvin E. Rodin and Jack D. Key.


  • Journal of a Quest for the Elusive Doctor Arthur Conan Doyle by Alvin E. Rodin & Jack D. Key



  • Jack London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Dale L. Walker


  • Houdini and Doyle; The Story of a Strange Friendship, by Bernard M. L. Ernst & Hereward Carrington