The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a British physician who later devoted his life to writing,

has become one of the most popular and widespread authors and creators of all time.

Doyle's early childhood years to his later years in life have allowed him to observe many

sophisticated yet adventurous paths, in which have inspired him greatly to become an

influence on spiritualistic views as an author and crusader. His interests and

achievements in medicine, politics, and spiritualism have allowed him to create the

iridescent master detective of fiction, Sherlock Holmes. His creation of Sherlock Holmes

in his mystery novels has brought him fame amongst many people, even so Sherlock

Holmes may be one of the most popular and recognized characters of English Literature.

On May 22nd, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born at Picardy Place, in

Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles, was an architect-clerk at the Government

Office of Works in Edinburgh where he married Mary Foley in1855.

Arthur had three

sisters and one brother, with quite a large family occasionally times got hard as money

grew scarce, fortunately his father sold paintings on the side to earn extra money (Jaffe


When Arthur Doyle was seven years old he was sent to school and for two years

he was toughened by the schoolmaster and his punishments of lacerations (Pearson 2).

The schoolmaster wasn't the only thing that toughened him, he was also used to getting in

quarrels with other children and became quite a fighter, especially if he saw a bully

picking on someone smaller and weaker (Pearson 3). Along with his rugged

characteristics, young Arthur loved to read. He found himself caught up in books of

action and adventure, his favorite one being Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid which he read

numerous times. Arthur was also somewhat interested...