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SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
By Lucas Pertschi
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)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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:
STEEL TRUEBLADE STRAIGHT
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLEKNIGHT
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Doyle is considered one of the greatest authors of all time, and has
influenced many authors.