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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Creator of the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

July 22, 2009 Lowell Bradford Blog, News & Articles 0 Comments

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Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburg, Scotland.  He attended school at Stonyhurst College, finishing there in 1875.  From there he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, completing his studies in 1881.  It was while in medical school he began writing short stories.  After finishing medical school, he began working as a doctor.

While getting his medical practice off the ground, he began to write stories to help make money.  In 1887, the great Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in the story called “A Study in Scarlet.”  The character of Sherlock Holmes was a great detective, that Doyle partially patterned the character after a college professor named Joseph Bell. Doyle recognized the deductive teachings of Bell as a helpful quality for a detective, and as a result Holmes became the master of deductive reasoning when solving crimes.

While being noted for being the creator of the Sherlock Holmes series, Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote several notable historical novels.  He wrote novels such as Micah Clarke in 1888, The Great Shadow in 1892 and Uncle Bernac in 1897.  He also wrote other non-Sherlock Holmes novels such as The Mystery of Cloomber in 1889, Beyond the City in 1892 and The Great Boer War in 1900.

However, he is best known as the creator of one of literature's greatest detectives – Sherlock Holmes.  In all, Doyle wrote 9 Sherlock Holmes books, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The ;Hound of the Baskervilles and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.  The Sherlock Holmes books were unique because Doyle provided readers with a crime, information about the crime, investigation by Holmes and his associate Watson and the ultimate solving of the crime.  This formula has become the blueprint of detective stories ever since.

Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902, and continued to write short stories and books throughout his life.  On July 7, 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dies from a heart attack in East Sussex, England.  He is buried in New Forrest, Hampshire in England.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an outstanding writer who revolutionized the mystery genre in literature, which in turned carried over to radio and eventually movies and television.  Many of the crime stories of our generation can trace it’s evolution to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries of Conan Doyle.  With a legacy like that, the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be appreciated forever.

·         Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:  chronicle of his life and work

·         Sherlock Holmes Online:  information on the famous detective

·         Biography:  biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

·         Hound of the Baskervilles:  text of one of Sherlock Holmes greatest mysteries

·         Writing of Arthur Conan Doyle:  Westminster Library’s online exhibit

·         221B Baker Street:  resource on the legendary fictional detective

·         Sherlock Holmes Page  resource on the international Sherlock Holmes page

·         Arthur Conan Doyle Society:  information on his life with links to written text

·         Online Texts:  collection of links to the writings of Conan Doyle

·         Online Works:  resourceful site containing links with Conan Doyle’s works

·         E-books:  online collection of downloadable books by Conan Doyle

·         Surveillance Cameras:  information on crime deterrents

·         Spiritualism:  resource of Conan Doyle’s belief in spiritualism

·         Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Page:  details on the life and works of the famous writer

·         Discovering Holmes:  details on how Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle were similar

 

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