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About the author
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
(May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930), best
known as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
is the British author most famously
known for his stories about the
detective Sherlock Holmes, which
are generally considered a major
innovation in the field of crime fic-
tion. He was a prolific writer whose
other works include science fiction
stories, historical novels, plays and
romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
He is sometimes called Conan Doyle – Conan was originally a
middle name but he used it as part of his surname in his later years.
He was born in Edinburgh and sent to Jesuit preparatory school at
the age of nine, and by the time he left the school in 1875, he had
firmly rejected Catholicism and probably Christianity in general, to
become an agnostic. From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at
Edinburgh University, including a period working in the town of Aston
(now a district of Birmingham). Following his term at University he
served as a ship's doctor on a voyage to the West African coast, and
then in 1882 he set up a practice in Plymouth. His medical practice
was unsuccessful; while waiting for patients he began writing stories.
It was only after he subsequently moved his practice to Southsea that
he began to indulge more extensively in literature. His first significant
work was A Study in Scarlet which appeared in Beeton's Christmas
Annual for 1887 and featured the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes.
In 1885 he married Louise Hawkins, who suffered from tubercu-
losis and eventually died in 1906. He married Miss Jean Leckie in
1907, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897 but had
maintained a platonic relationship with out of loyalty