Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 in Edinburgh in a family of a clerk. Arthur was well-educated, he became a doctor of medicine and worked as a doctor on a whaler, and then in Africa. His medical knowledge was a great help to him in writing detective stories.

He gained a great popularity in 1887 when his first detective novel “A Study in Scarlet” was published. His next novels, “The Sign of Four” (1890) and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1902) established him as a famous author of spy novels. He became the unquestioned master of this thrilling genre. Spy fiction attracts the readers who are extremely interested in discovering for themselves the answer to the mystery or who the murder is. Each story is a puzzle to be solved. A great master of a defective story, Arthur Conan Doyle managed to thrill the world. He created five volumes of detective stories about Sherlock Holmes: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (1891), “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” (1894), “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” (1905), “His Last Bow” (1917), ”The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes” (1927).

Sherlock Holmes is a name that everybody knows. The readers learn a lot about him from the stories in which he appears. He has a thin noble face and intelligent eves. He smokes a pipe and plays the violin. He lives at Baker Street in London. As a detective, Sherlock Holmes has extraordinary powers of deduction.

Doctor Watson, his faithful friend and assistant, helps Holmes in the moments of danger. Professor Moriarty, his great enemy, kills Holmes. But the readers didn’t like it, and the writer had to write another story in which Sherlock Holmes appears again.

Canon Doyle decided to “kill” Sherlock Holmes, because he wanted to spend his time on more serious writing. But it is for Sherlock Holmes that Arthur Conan Doyle is remembered and not for his historical stories.

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