Doyle's World is no ordinary biography about one of the world’s most
influential writers. It is instead a work that deciphers the cryptic origins
and actual scientific methods used by fiction’s most famous consulting detective
Sherlock Holmes—a work that provides a detailed look into the psyche of Holmes’
creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book follows Doyle’s illustrious literary
career as the Sherlock Holmes mysteries evolved from the late 1880s to
the early 1900s. Revealed here for the first time—by son-father writing team
Daniel Friedman, MD and Eugene Friedman, MD—are the many inspirations that lay behind
the physical, emotional, and intellectual characteristics that Doyle wove
together so deftly to bring his legendary sleuth to life. Readers are in for many
surprises as the Friedmans bring forth tantalizing parallels between the
literary realm of Sherlock Holmes and the actual events from Doyle’s childhood
and early adulthood that served as frequent inspiration.
The authors offer answers to long-debated and mysterious questions, such as:
* Who was the real-life inspiration behind Holmes’ arch enemy, Professor Moriarty?
* Why did Holmes have such disdain for Scotland Yard?
* What was Holmes’ relationship to Mrs. Hudson?
* Did Holmes resort to murder?
* Why did Doyle lobby for divorce reform, while simultaneously attacking the suffragettes?
* From whom did Sherlock Holmes actually learn the art of detective work?
Doyle’s World is divided into two sections. The first is dedicated to
the torments of Doyle’s childhood, and how it eventually gave rise to the
Holmes character. The second section emphasizes the highly complex themes and
plots present in the Sherlock Holmes adventures, while it also thoroughly
examines Doyle’s strengths and weaknesses as a public figure of his time. The
Friedmans also reveal how Doyle was able to subtly incorporate his own political
and social views into the Holmes character. In addition, the authors offer in key spots of the book three “lost” stories they uncovered that were written by Doyle under pseudonyms.
Daniel L. Friedman, MD, received his BA from Stony Brook University, and
his medical degree from St. George’s School of Medicine. He is currently a
practicing pediatrician in Floral Park, New York, and is also an active member
of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where he sits on the voluntary staff
advisory committee. Dr. Friedman’s prize-winning articles on Doyle and Holmes
have appeared in numerous national and international journals. He and Dr.
Eugene Friedman are also the authors of the book, The Strange Case of Doctor Doyle. Dr. Friedman resides in Long
Island, New York with his wife, Elena, and their three children.
Eugene Friedman, MD, received his BA from New York University, and his
medical degree from New York Medical College. He was Chief Resident in
Pediatrics at New York Medical College and later served as Assistant Chief of
Pediatrics at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dr. Friedman has
been in private practice with his son, Daniel, for over twenty years.. He has
held multiple leadership positions in organized medicine and has devoted
himself to the education of future physicians. He and his wife, Sheryl, live in
Long Island, New York and have five children and fifteen grandchildren.