ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
(Born – May 22, 1859-1930)
In 1916 Arthur Conan Doyle made a declaration that would impact the rest of his life. He stated his belief in Spiritualism. Could it be? The man who created the ever-logical Sherlock Holmes believed in ghosts?
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Doyle began practicing medicine in 1882, but was not a success.
He started writing while waiting for the patients that never came. His early stories earned him little money, but he won great success with his Holmes Novel, ‘A Study in Scarlet (1887). Holmes appeared in 56 stories and three other Novels – The Sign of Four (1890), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), and the Valley of Fear (1915). Doyle may have been the highest paid short story writer of his time. He also wrote Historical novels, romances and plays. He eventually abandoned fiction to study and lecture on spiritualism (communication with spirits). For his efforts in support of the British cause during the Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902) Doyle received a ‘Knighthood’ in 1902.
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