About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) Conan Doyle is perhaps best known for giving the literary world Sherlock Holmes, but he was also a doctor, journalist and public figure. Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh into a rich Irish family. He trained as a doctor at Edinburgh University, and then worked as a surgeon on a whaling boat, and as a doctor on a ship travelling between England and Africa. Afterwards he settled with his family in Portsmouth, working in medicine and at the same time writing. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 'A Study of Scarlet', published in 1887. This success led Conan Doyle to write more stories involving Holmes and Watson but, in 1893, Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, wanting to develop his serious writing. The public was not happy about the detective’s demise and Conan Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes. Conan Doyle also wrote non-fiction, and he was knighted for publishing a pamphlet justifying Britain's involvement in the Boer War. He also wrote histories of the Boer War and World War One. Conan Doyle twice attempted to enter parliament, but was not successful. Conan Doyle died of a heart attack on 7 July 1930.
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