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Arthur Conan Doyle

(1859-1930), Novelist

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

Sitter in 6 portraits
The creator of Sherlock Holmes, one of literature's best-known detectives. Doyle began his career as an eye doctor. His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1887. The stories were so successful that Doyle gave up his medical practice in 1891 to write. By 1893, Doyle had so tired of his famous detective that he killed him off in the Final Problem. However, popular demand was so strong that Holmes was brought back from the dead a decade later. Doyle dedicated himself to spiritualistic studies after his son Kingsley died from wounds incurred in World War I. His other publications include plays, verse, memoirs, short stories and several historical and supernatural novels.

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