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Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinbourgh (Scotland). The Doyles were a prosperous Irish-Catholic family, who had a prominent position in the world of Art. His father Charles, a chronic alcoholic, was the only member of his family, who apart from fathering a brilliant son, never accomplished anything of note. Charles married Mary Foley, a vivacious and very vell educated young woman of seventeen. Mary Doyle had a passion for books and was a master storyteller. Arthur’s touching description of his mother’s beneficial influence is also emotional described in his biography

“In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all the vivid stories she would tell me stand out so clear that they obscure the real facts of my life.”

After Arthur reached his ninth birthday, the wealthy members of the Doyle family offered to pay for his studies. He was in tears all the way to England, where for seven years he had to go to a Jesuit boarding school. Arthur loathed the bigotry surrounding his studies and rebelled at corporal punishment, which was prevalent and incedibly brutal in most English schools of that epoch. During those grueling years, Arthur’s only moments of happiness were when he wrote to his mother, a regular habit that lasted for the rest of her life, and also when he practiced sports, mainly cricket, at which he was very good. It was during these difficult years at boarding school, that Arthur realized he also had a talent for storytelling. He was often found, surrounding by a bevy of totally enraptured younger students, listening to the amazing stories he would make up to amues them.

Arthur Conan DoyleBy 1876, graduating at the age of seventeen, Arthur Doyle, (as he was called, before adding his middle name “Conan” to his surname), was a surprisingly normal young man. With his innate sense of humor and his sportsmanship, having ruled out any feelings of self-pity, Arthur was ready and willing to face the world and make up for some of his father’s shortcomings.

He studied medical science and after his graduation he worked as a doctor. The young medical student met a number of future authors who were also attending the university, such as for instance James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. But the man who impressed and influenced him, was without a doubt, one of his teachers, Dr. Joseph Bell. The good doctor was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. All these qualities were later to be found in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. A couple of years into his studies, Arthur decided to try his pen at writing a short story. Although the result called “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley” was very evocative of the works of Edgar Alan Poe and Bret Harte, his favorite authors at the time.

The year 1887 was the birth of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Since 1891 he has worked as a free author. In 1901/02 the story “The Hound of Baskerville” was published and he wrote “The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct” for which he was given a peerage. On 7 July 1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Crowborough (Sussex) and leaved four novels and 56 short stories.

Some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works:
1879 The Mystery of Sasassa Valley
1884 The Captain of the Polestar
1887 A Study in Scarlet
1900 The Great Boer War
1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles
1902 The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct
1906 Sir Nigel
1915 The Lost World
1926 History of Spiritualism
1926 The Land of Myst


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