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“A Biographical Sketch of one of Britain’s greatest writers and an author known through all the world, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”

“A Biographical Sketch of one of Britain’s greatest writers and an author known through all the world, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”


Dear readers, thinkers and lovers of literature, I ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery and to join with me to gain truth and facts amid the darkness we are confronted with. I welcome you in this quest to find what is valid in this confused world and to come with me to tear apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.

Today I have the privilege and honor of speaking and presenting the life and works of one of the greatest of English writers and one of her greatest novelists and writers of short stories and the author of many literary treasures of the world. His works once begun cannot be put down and once read, engage our minds and spirits and souls as few works of prose can do.

I am a great fan of English and American literature, poetry and prose, and when I read such poets as Keats, Shelley, Donne, T.S. Eliot and many others and such novelists as Dickens, Conrad, Jane Austen, Melville and Steinbeck, my mind and consciousness are raised and I acquire in reading these authors a new level of understanding. In coming to know them I am lifted up intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. I will never regret the time spent in reading them and being exposed to them and absorbing their greatness, despite American society telling us on a fairly constant basis that time spent with them has no practical value as producing no income. A life without this great literature is a life cheated of what these greatest of minds have to offer. 

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930. He was a British writer and physician and the creator of the world-renowned character of Sherlock Holmes in four novels and 56 short stories. He wrote other stories about Prof. Challenger and Brigadier Gerard.

He was born in Edinburgh. His father died in 1893 and Doyle was supported by uncles. He was sent to England to a Jesuit preparatory school and then went to Stonyhurst College which he attended until 1875. From 1875 to 1876 he was educated at a Jesuit school in Austria. From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the university of Edinburgh. At that time, he began writing short stories. In 1880 he was a doctor on a Greenland whaler. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine in 1881 and gained his MD in 1885. In 1891 he went to Vienna to study ophthalmology. He began his first work on Sherlock Holmes in 1886 and wrote a sequel in 1890. In 1893 he halted his Sherlock Holmes output to devote more time to his historical novels but resumed Sherlock Holmes in 1903. From 1888 to 1906 he wrote seven historical novels and authored nine other novels and five narratives featuring the scientist Prof. Challenger. His historical novels included The White Company and Sir Nigel. He was also the author of short stories, including two collections set in the Napoleonic era featuring Brigadier Gerard. In 1885 he married Louisa who died in 1907; he remarried that same year.

Doyle fathered five children. He served as a doctor in the Boer War and wrote a book on the war. He stood for parliament in 1900 and 1906 as a Liberal Unionist. He was a supporter of the campaign for the Congo free state

where he addressed the horrors of the colony. He was a fervent advocate of justice and investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes for which they were arrested. Doyle had a longstanding interest in spiritualism, and in 1926 he published a two-volume work entitled The History of 

Spiritualism. Doyle also had a longstanding interest in architecture and architectural design. He died of a heart attack in 1930 at the age of 71.

I have from the years of my youth and high school and college years loved and enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories. I have them all in my personal library and as time permits, I dip into them on a regular basis. I have also read and enjoyed his historical novel, The White Company, and the stories of Prof. Challenger and Brig. Gerard. All his literary work is most entertaining and enjoyable. I look forward to re-reading his work as time permits and urge all who read this essay to take up the works of Doyle and commence a most enjoyable interlude. Your time will be well spent.


I am indebted to the article in Wikipedia on this author for this essay.