Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930. He’s best known as the creator of the Sherlock Holmes. But here are five things about him that you may not know.
1 – Conan Doyle was a physician. He attended the University of Edinburgh Medical School and graduated in 1881 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Mastery of Surgery.
2 – He worked as a ship’s surgeon on a whaling vessel.
3 – Conan Doyle was not knighted for his Sherlock Holmes stories. The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Conduct caught the eye of the monarchy. In it, Conan Doyle comes to Great Britain’s defense against charges of war crimes in the Boer War.
4 – George Edalji was an innocent man convicted of mutilating and killing livestock. Who helped him prove his innocence? The case was solved by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sir Arthur solved two real-life crime cases, the George Edalji case and the Oscar Slater case.
5 – Conan Doyle believed in Spiritualism. It’s true. The man who created the ever-logical Sherlock Holmes believed in spirits and things like automatic writing.
You can learn more about all of these subjects at our partner site, Conan Doyle Info. As the site says, Sherlock Holmes is just the beginning.
Partial List of Work by Conan Doyle
- A Study in Scarlet
- Micah Clarke
- The Mystery of Cloomber
- The Sign of the Four
- The Firm of Girdlestone
- The White Company
- The Doings of Raffles Haw
- The Great Shadow
- The Refugees
- The Parasite
- The Stark Munro Letters
- Rodney Stone
- Uncle Bernac
- The Tragedy of the Korosko
- A Duet, with an Occasional Chorus
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
- Sir Nigel
- The Lost World
- The Poison Belt
- The Valley of Fear
- The Land of Mist
- The Maracot Deep
More Information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A new Sherlock Holmes novel will hit bookstores in September. Art in the Blood is by Bonnie MacBird. She teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension. MacBird is also a speaker on multiple subjects. She’s an expert on the topics of writing, creativity and of course, Sherlock Holmes.
“Thoroughly entertaining … worthy of Doyle himself. … a superb, labyrinthine plot, snappy pacing and, most importantly, a deep respect for the classic characters.” –Bryan Cogman, Co-Producer/Writer, HBO’s Game of Thrones
Our partner site, The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has as great quiz for the true Sherlockian. Yes, I hear you scoff, “How hard can that be?” Let me tell you, it’s pretty challenging! In this multiple choice game you’re given the first line to 10 of the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Select the title that matches the first line from the drop down menu. I hope you enjoy The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Matching Quiz.
Check out this fascinating YouTube video showing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle talking about how he came up with the idea for Sherlock Holmes.