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Adrian Conan Doyle

Adrian Conan Doyle with his father Sir Arthur

Born 19 November 1910
Died 3 J une 1970 (aged 59)
Occupation Race-car driver, big-game hunter,
explorer, writer
Spouse(s) Anna Andersen
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Adrian Malcolm Conan Doyle (19 November 1910 - 3 J une
1970) was the youngest son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and
his second wife J ean, Lady Doyle or Lady Conan Doyle. He
had two siblings, sister J ean and brother Denis, as well as two
half-siblings, sister Mary and brother Kingsley.
Adrian Conan Doyle has been depicted as a race-car driver,
big-game hunter, explorer, and writer. Biographer Andrew
calls him a "spendthrift playboy" who (with his
brother Denis) "used the Conan Doyle estate as a
He married Denmark-born Anna Andersen, and was his
father's literary executor after his mother died in 1940. He
founded the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Foundation in
Switzerland in 1965. On his death, his sister J ean Conan
Doyle took over as their father's literary executor.
1 Additional Sherlock Holmes stories
2 Discovery of unpublished Holmes story
3 Works about his father
4 Bibliography
4.1 Sherlock Holmes stories
4.2 Non-Holmes works
5 References
6 External links
Adrian Doyle produced additional Sherlock Holmes stories, some with the assistance of J ohn Dickson Carr. The
basis of his production was to complete those tales referenced in his father's stories, which his father had never
written. These additional Sherlock Holmes tales were written in 1952 and 1953, a hardcover collection of the
stories was published as The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes in 1954. They have been reissued subsequently, while
other authors have also written Sherlock Holmes stories based on the same references within the original tales.
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On 12 September 1942, the Associated Press announced that an authentic, unpublished Sherlock Holmes story
had been found by Adrian Conan Doyle. Supposedly written in his father's uniquely neat handwriting, the story
was buried in a chest that contained family documents. (Actually, J on Lellenberg reported in 1990, the
manuscript was not in Sir Arthur's handwriting but typewritten.) Sir Arthur's daughter J ean said she knew the
manuscript was not written by her father. Adrian Conan Doyle refused to publish it. A month later, the Baker
Street Irregulars wrote a letter to the Saturday Review of Literature, insisting that the story be published.
In the United States, Cosmopolitan magazine obtained it and published it in their August 1948 issue under the
uncharacteristic title "The Case of the Man who was Wanted". It was also published in London's Sunday
Dispatch magazine the following J anuary. Sherlockian Vincent Starrett doubted that the story was written by the
elder Doyle and suggested that Adrian was the author.
In September 1945, a letter was received by Hesketh Pearson, a biographer of Sir Arthur. The letter stated, "My
pride is not unduly hurt by your remark that 'The Man who was Wanted' is certainly not up to scratch for the
sting is much mitigated by your going on to remark that it carries the authentic trademark! This, I feel, is a
great compliment to my one and only effort at plagiarism." The letter was written by an architect named Arthur
Whitaker who had sent the story to Arthur Conan Doyle in 1911 with a suggestion that they publish it as a joint
collaboration. Doyle refused, but sent Whitaker a "cheque for ten guineas" in payment for the story.
seeing it attributed to Sir Arthur in the Sunday Dispatch, Whitaker wrote a letter to Denis Conan Doyle
explaining the true authorship. Denis forwarded the letter to his brother Adrian, who became angry, demanded
proof, and threatened legal action. Whitaker had retained a carbon copy and the Doyles admitted in 1949, after
seeing the carbon copy and listening to people who had read it in 1911, that Whitaker was the author. The story
that many people had accepted as the work of Sir Arthur has been published recently as "The Adventure of the
Sheffield Banker" in the collection The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Sir Arthur's widow J ean chose a spiritualist, the Rev. J ohn Lamond, to write an authorised life of him, Arthur
Conan Doyle: A Memoir (J ohn Murray, 1931). The memoir emphasised his paranormal interests but was not
what readers wanted, so after their mother's death Adrian and Denis grudgingly allowed Hesketh Pearson to
write Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (Methuen, 1943). But Pearson's book offended Adrian and Denis by
saying that the secret of their father's success was that he was the "common man". Adrian threatened criminal
proceedings against Pearson's "fakeography", and wrote an article in protest, and later a book The True Conan
Doyle (J ohn Murray, 1945). According to Lycett, "When the BBC commissioned an anniversary talk from
Hesketh Pearson, Adrian announced that if it went ahead it would never broadcast another Sherlock Holmes
story. The Corporation caved in."
Lycett states that Pearson had met Arthur Conan Doyle at Francis Galton's
home before the First World War. Pearson had idolised him from an early age, but was disappointed to find a
thick-set broad-faced man with no more mystery than a pumpkin, who fulminated against Sherlock Holmes for
preventing him from writing the historical novels he wanted.
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Penguin Books, 1985, ISBN 0-14-007907-6 (originally
published 1954 by J Murray, London)
The True Conan Doyle, (1945, London, J ohn Murray; written about Arthur Conan Doyle, with a preface
by Sir Hubert Gough)
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Sherlock Holmes stories
These stories were written by Adrian Doyle and J ohn Dickson Carr except as stated.
"The Adventure of the Seven Clocks" (from: "A Scandal in Bohemia")
"The Adventure of the Gold Hunter" (from: "The Five Orange Pips")
"The Adventure of the Wax Gamblers" (from: "A Scandal in Bohemia")
"The Adventure of the Highgate Miracle" (from: "The Problem of Thor Bridge")
"The Adventure of the Black Baronet" (from: The Hound of the Baskervilles)
"The Adventure of the Sealed Room" (from: "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb") by Adrian
Doyle solely
"The Adventure of the Foulkes Rath" (from: "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez")
"The Adventure of the Abbas Ruby" (from: The Hound of the Baskervilles)
"The Adventure of the Dark Angels" (from: "The Adventure of the Priory School")
"The Adventure of the Two Women" (from: The Hound of the Baskervilles)
"The Adventure of the Deptford Horror" (from: "The Adventure of Black Peter")
"The Adventure of the Red Widow" (from "A Scandal in Bohemia")
Non-Holmes works
Heaven has Claws (1952, London, J ohn Murray)
Lone Dhow (1963, London, Murray)
The Lover of the Coral Glades
^ Lycett, p. 464. 1.
^ The amount of the payment is quoted in the introduction to The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 2.
^ Lycett, pp. 46466. 3.
Lellenberg, J on L. (1990). Nova 57 Minor. Bloomington: Gaslight Publications.
Lycett, Andrew (2007). The Man who created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle. London: Weidenfield & Nicolson and New York: Viking. ISBN 0-7432-7523-3.
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate (, official
website of one copyright holder
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Conan Doyle Dead From Heart Attack (
/bday/0522.html) (8 J uly 1930), Wireless to the New York Times, London, J uly 7 including "Family
Awaits a Message", Adrian on Sir Arthur's promise to communicate
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