About the Author – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22nd May, 1859 in Edinburgh (the capital of Scotland). He was a bristish writer and physician by profession. His early education was completed at Jesuit Preparatory School at Lancanshire. Later in life, he took education at Stella Matutina in Feldkirch. This was the period of time when he rejected the Catholic faith and turned agnostic.

Sir Arthur Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1876-1881. He also pursued practical botany at the Royal Botanic Garden. Sir graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery Degree from the University of Edinburgh and later obtained his Doctor of Medicine Degree. He worked as a ship surgeon during a voyage to West African Coast. Later on, he began practicing independently and while waiting for his clients, he would write literary content. Sir Arthur also tried his hands on Opthalmology but his efforts did not turn out successful.

At the age of 27, he wrote his first successful piece of writing – A Study In Scarlet. He received positive reviews in the Scotsman and Glasgow Herald. Sir Arthur created the iconic character – Sherlock Holmes, by trying to mirror his former University teacher, Joseph Bell. He wrote a plethora of Sherlock Holmes and Watson series and decided to discontinue it. He felt, these two major characters is all what his stories revolved around and that is distracting him from other topics. This prominent writer attempted to raise the price of his Sherlock Holmes writings in order to check whether his audience would still buy his writings. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that, his readers were ready to pay larger sums to read more of Sherlock Crime Fiction. Hence, he became one of the finest paid authors.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written five narratives, short stories, novels such as The White Company, The Sign of Four, and works for the stage such as The Waterloo, The Speckled Band, etc.

He has been honoured with several awards such as – Knight of Grace of the most venerable order of the hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Queens’s South Africa Medal, Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy, Order of the Medjidie.

Sir Arthur succumbed to a heart attack on 7th July, 1930 in East Sussex at the age of 71. He was buried in Minstead Churchyard in Hampshire. A statue in the honour of the writer has been constructed at Crowborough and a statue of the character Sherlock Holmes has also been raised at Edinburgh. Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not physically present today, his remarkable writings still continue to be read by masses.

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