Sir Arthur Conan Doyle MD
(1859-1930)
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Quick Overview

He was born May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh and died. on July 7, 1930, Crowborough, Sussex, Doyle is  best known for his creation of the detective Sherlock Holmes--one of the most vivid characters in English fiction. Holmes's friend, the good-hearted but comparatively obtuse Dr. Watson, and the detective's principal enemy, the archcriminal Professor Moriarty, also have taken on an uncanny life that persists beyond the page. In New York the Baker Street Irregulars and in London the Sherlock Holmes Society peruse Holmesiana with a cultist fervour, and similar groups exist on the Continent. The brilliantly eccentric hero, in deerstalker or dressing gown, has been portrayed in a variety of media and has put the author's other works--chiefly historical romances--somewhat in the shade.

"Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan" Britannica Online.
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[Accessed 04 March 1998].

 

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Information about the most famous sleuth in mystery fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Includes a listing of many Sherlock Holmes stories and links to the texts, a brief biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, links to Sherlock Holmes societies, a list of Sherlock Holmes anthologies and analyses.

His Life

Conan Doyle practiced medicine until 1891 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh. In fact the character of Sherlock Holmes, who first appeared in A Study in Scarlet (1887), was apparently partly derived from a teacher at Edinburgh noted for his deductive reasoning. Short stories about Holmes began to appear regularly in the Strand Magazine in 1891 and later made up several collections. Doyle, however, wearied of him and claimed that the character was getting in the way more serious literary projects. So he devised for Holme's death in 1893 in "The Final Problem"--only to be forced by public demand to restore him ingeniously to life.

Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902 for his work with a field hospital in Bloemfontein, S.Af., and for other activities concerning the South African (Boer) War. After the death of his son from wounds incurred in World War I, he dedicated himself to the cause of spiritualism--ironic in the fact that his most famous character utterly rejected the supernatural as part of his world view.

"Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan" Britannica Online.
<http://www.eb.com:180/cgi-bin/g?DocF=micro/177/11.html>
[Accessed 04 March 1998].