The creator of the most famous detective novels of all times Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Though he faced a hard childhood he later wrote, “Perhaps it was good for me that the times were hard, for I was wild, full-blooded and a trifle reckless. But the situation called for energy and application so that one was bound to try to meet it. My mother had been so splendid that I could not fail her.”
He joined medical school instead of following his father’s path of an artistic career. It was Dr. Joseph Bell whom he met in the medical school who was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. All these qualities were later to be found in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. Though he started penning down stories and novels as a student, it was in 1886, Conan Doyle started writing the novel which catapulted him to fame. It was A Study in Scarlet which introduced us to 1886, Conan Doyle started writing the novel which catapulted him to fame. It was this novel which introduced us to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Arthur was successful in nurturing his career as a novelist and as an ophthalmologist. It was during his stint as a practicing ophthalmologist, he began writing a series of short stories with the same characters which were published in the Strand Magazine as Sherlock Stories. After 1891, his focus shifted to his writing career. Driven by public clamor, Conan Doyle continued writing Sherlock Holmes adventures through 1926. His short stories were collected in several volumes, and he also wrote novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles, serialized in 1901–02 that feature Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson. Conan also wrote nonfiction like The Great Boer War and The British Campaign in France and Flanders. Memories and Adventures, his autobiography spoke about what he valued the most in his life and Through the Magic Door, he wrote about the important books that held for him.
Arthur Conan Doyle died on, July 7, 1930.