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Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor and author of 60 mystery stories depicting the most famous detective characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. He was knighted by King Edward VII for his non-fiction pamphlet about the Boer War.
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Key Facts & Information
- Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Arthur grew up in a strict Irish-Catholic family. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was an artist who gained moderate success and suffered with alcoholism. Mary, his mother, was a well-educated woman and lover of books. Young Arthur grew apart from his father while his mother greatly influenced his imagination and enthusiasm for reading.
- In 1868, he went to England and attended Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, a Jesuit preparatory school.
- He spent seven years in a boarding house away from his family. While studying, he experienced bullying by his classmates and corporal punishment.
- In 1876, he graduated from Stonyhurst College and decided to pursue a medical degree instead of art.
- Doyle met Dr. Joseph Bell, his future mentor, and future authors like James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson while at the University of Edinburgh.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Literary Career
- At medical school, Doyle penned his first short story, The Mystery of Sasassa Valley, which was published in an Edinburgh magazine followed by The American Tale. The latter was published in the London Society.
- At that time, Doyle’s work was hugely influenced by his favorite authors, including Edgar Allan Poe and Bret Harte.
- At the age of 20, Doyle was offered to be a ship’s surgeon on a whaling boat bound for the Arctic Circle. While on the voyage, he wrote Captain of the Pole Star.
- In 1881, he received his Bachelor of Medicine degree. At the same time, he denounced his Catholic faith.
- Upon graduation, he worked as a medical officer on a steamship named Mayumba. Doyle traveled from Liverpool to Africa and found the Arctic had more allure than Africa. He soon gave up his career as a doctor to focus on writing.
- In 1886, he started writing A Tangled Skein, which was later renamed A Study in Scarlet. Two years later, it was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. It is arguably his most famous work depicting the adventures of detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson.
- By 1887, Doyle became an active member of the Spiritualist movement. He developed a fascination with spiritualism and the paranormal, which were reflected in his tale The Mystery of Cloomber.
- At that time, Doyle was more famous in the United States than in London. By 1889, through Joseph Marshall Stoddart, a magazine managing editor in Philadelphia, Doyle met and became acquainted with Oscar Wilde.
- In 1893, he started publishing autobiographical works like Beyond the City, The Stark Munro Letters (1895), and A Duet in an Occasional Chorus (1899).
- As his success continued to grow, he wrote several historical novels including The Great Shadow (1892) and Rodney Stone (1896).
- Throughout the 1890s until the 1900s, he published four books about Sherlock Holmes, including The Sign of Four (1890), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892), The
- Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), and The Hound of Baskervilles (1901). The final twelve stories about Sherlock Holmes were depicted in a compilation entitled The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes.
- In the early 1900s, Doyle focused on writing about spiritualism. In 1918, he published The New Revolution followed by The Vital Message (1919), The Wanderings of the Spiritualist (1912), and History of Spiritualism (1926).
Later Life, Legacy and Death
- Aside from short stories and novels, Doyle also tried writing plays, including Brigadier Gerard, The Tragedy of the Korosko, The House of Temperley, and The Speckled Band.
- During WWI, Doyle was permitted to visit the British and French fronts. He even witnessed the Battle of St. Quentin under the Australian High Command. By the end of the war, he had lost his son, brother, brothers-in-law and nephew.
- In 1929, he went on a spiritual tour in Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden despite his health condition.
- On July 7, 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle died of a heart attack in his home in Crowborough, England.
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