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By Lucas Pertschi

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Life Facts• Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh to Charles

and Mary Doyle.• Best known for writing the Sherlock Holmes books, Doyle

is a world renown author.• He is best known for crime fiction stories.• On July 7th, 1930, at the age of 71, Doyle suffered a heart

attack, resulting in his death.• He has written in total:

• Sherlock Holmes series (4 novels, 56 short stories• Professor Challenger series (5 novels)• Brigadier Gerard series (18 short stories)• Other miscellany (19 novels, 115 short stories, 13 plays

[2 co-written], 81 poems, 12 pamphlets)

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Early Life• Doyle was born third of 10 siblings. His parents,

Charles and Mary Foley, were both of Irish decent.• Doyle’s father was an alcoholic, and lead a

problematic life of addiction and depression, which lead to his death in 1893.

• Supported by his uncle, Doyle was sent to Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place, Stonyhurst.

• He then attended Stonyhurst College and received his graduation degree in 1975.

• The college is also known to have a number of literary associates besides Doyle, such as J. R. R. Tolkien. He wrote part of The Lord of the Rings in one of the upper classrooms.

Stonyhurst College ‘s




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Writing Career• In 1882 Doyle moved to

Portsmouth in June, and with only £10 to his name, he set up a medical practice at 1 Bush Villas in Elm Grove.

• Though not a very successful practice, while waiting for his patients he would write stories and composed his first novel The Narrative of John Smith

• His first significant work was A Study in Scarlet. It featured the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes, who he partially modeled after one of his former university teacher’s Joseph Bell.

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Sherlock Holmes• Doyle’s greatest creation

was the tales of a detective named Sherlock Holmes.

• Holmes tales have been translated in over 60 different languages, sold over 100 million copies, and has been made into a movie in 2009, and a sequel is being released on December 16th , 2011

The Theatrical release poster

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Family• Doyle married Louisa (or

Louise) Hawkins in 1885 and had 2 children with her. She died in 1906.

• The next year he married Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had 3 children with.

• His childrens names were Mary, Arthur, Denis, Adrian, and Lena.

Doyle and his family visiting New York

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Spitirualism• After the death of his first

wife Louisa in 1906, Doyle sunk into deep depression.

• He began supporting spiritualism, the belief of spirits living among us even after their death.

• He was friends with Harry Houdini for quite a time, and Doyle began believe that Houdini possessed super-natural powers due to his amazing escapes.

One of the posters Houdini used for his acts. Doyle was very interested in things like this.

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Death• Doyle was found clutching his

chest in the hall of his home on July 7th, 1930. He died due to a heart attack.

• His last words were directed to his wife: “You are wonderful.”

• His grave was built anonymously due to his belief in spirtiualism.

• In the late 20th century, the grave was finally inscripted, bearing the words:




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Doyle is considered one of the greatest authors of all time, and has

influenced many authors.