Author Profile-Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the original series of mystery novels and short stories featuring the shrewd and brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was born in Great Britain in 1859 to Irish Catholic parents, and they lived in Edinburgh. At the age of nine, he was sent to a strict Jesuit preparatory school in London. In the end, he graduated as a doctor from University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Doyle did not set out to be a writer. He was an adventurer and doctor who went on whaling expeditions on the North Sea and with the military to West Africa. He became an eye specialist, but even in school, he would find time to write.

After graduating, he set up a practice in London as an eye specialist, but business did not pay well. While he waited for patients to show up, he would write stories. It was during this period that he penned his first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet.” This interesting and fun-to-read mystery introduced the characters who would become so beloved by so many people. It was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887.

“A Study in Scarlet” did so well that Doyle was invited to write something for Lippincott Magazine. So, then he wrote “The Sign of Four” for them in 1890. The success came at that point for Arthur Conan Doyle. He wrote “The Red-Headed League” and “A Scandal in Bohemia,” and one critic said that his writing was putting people in “a frenzy.”

Between the years of 1891 and 1893, Doyle wrote two series of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs. He followed with a successful lecture tour. At the end of 1894, he grew weary of mystery stories and wanted to write more serious work, so he killed off Sherlock Holmes. People were so angry that they began to send him hate mail.

He began writing historical novels like the book about the Napoleonic Wars called “The Great Shadow” and the coming-of-age novel “Rodney Stone.” He didn’t continue writing those types of novels after pressure from fans drove him on and the promise of financial reward came in 1903. Doyle returned to writing Sherlock Holmes stories until the day that he died of heart trouble in 1930.

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