Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Birth

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859, Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was, Charles Altamont Doyle and mother, Mary Foley. The family temporarily dispersed due to Charles's growing alcoholism and psychiatric illness and came together again 1867. Image Courtesy: www.conandoylecollection.co.uk

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Birth
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School

Supported by wealthy uncles, at the age of nine, Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place, Stonyhurst. He then went on to Stonyhurst College and he was educated at the Jesuit school Stella Matutina in Feldkirch, Austria. Image Courtesy: www.conandoylecollection.co.uk

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School
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Higher education

He later studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His earliest extant fiction, "The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe", was unsuccessful. Image Courtesy: www.conandoylecollection.co.uk

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Earliest employment

Following his term at university, he was employed as a doctor on the Greenland whaler the Hope of Peterhead in 1880 and after his graduation, as a ship's surgeon on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast in 1881. Image Courtesy: sherlockoflondon.files.wordpress.com

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Earliest employment
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Medical practice

In 1882 he arrived in Portsmouth in June with less than £10, he set up a medical practice at Elm Grove, Southsea. The practice was initially not very successful. While waiting for patients, Conan Doyle again began writing stories and composed his first novels, The Mystery of Cloomber. Image Courtesy: ebook-cafe.com

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Medical practice
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1st Publication

Doyle struggled to find a publisher for his work. His first significant piece, A Study in Scarlet, was taken by Ward Lock & Co on 20 November 1886, giving Doyle £25 for all rights to the story. Later that year in the Beeton's Christmas Annual it received good reviews. The story featured the first appearance of Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Image Courtesy: www.nightclubtorino.com

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Hobbies

While living in Southsea, Doyle played football as a goalkeeper for Portsmouth Association Football Club, an amateur side, under the pseudonym A. C. Smith. Conan Doyle was also a keen cricketer. He was an occasional golfer. Image Courtesy: www.conandoylecollection.co.uk

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Family

In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as 'Touie', the sister of one of his patients. She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906. The next year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie. Conan Doyle had five children. Image Courtesy: pix.avaxnews.com

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Death of Holmes

In December 1893, Conan Doyle had Holmes apparently plunge to his death in the Reichenbach Falls in the story "The Final Problem". Public outcry led him to bring the character back in 1901, in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Holmes ultimately was featured in a total of 56 short stories and four Conan Doyle novels, and has since appeared in many novels and stories by other author. Image Courtesy: curiousmatters.files.wordpress.com

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Death of Holmes
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Spiritualism

Following the death of his wife Louisa in 1906, the death of his son Kingsley, the deaths of his brother Innes, his two brothers in law and his two nephews, Conan Doyle sank into depression. He found solace supporting spiritualism and its attempts to find proof of its existence, in February 1919 he wrote a novel on the subject, The Land of Mist. Image Courtesy: upload.wikimedia.org

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Spiritualism
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Existance of fairies

His book The Coming of the Fairies (1921) shows he was apparently convinced of the veracity of the five fairies photographs (which decades later were exposed as a hoax). He reproduced them in the book, together with theories about the nature and existence of fairies and spirits. Image Courtesy: moreintelligentlife.com

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Existance of fairies
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Death

Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He died of a heart attack at the age of 71. His last words were directed toward his wife "You are wonderful." Image Courtesy: 1.bp.blogspot.com

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