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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(1859 - 1930)

Category:  Scottish Literature
Born:  May 22, 1859
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died:  July 7, 1930
Crowborough, Sussex, England
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - LIFE STORIES
7/7/1930     The Spirits of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Throughout his life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote prolifically and in almost all genres, but by his last decade spiritualism had become his almost exclusive passion -- endless pamphlets and letters, seven books, and lectures on most continents. The London Sunday Express spoke for many when it wondered if the nation's most beloved logician had gone "stark, staring mad on the subject of the dead."
7/7/1930     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Spirit-World
On this day in 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died, at the age of seventy-one. Although Conan Doyle continued to write Sherlock Holmes stories throughout his last decade, many agreed with T. S. Eliot that the unstumpable hero showed evidence of "mental decay"; many others thought that Conan Doyle, the nation's most beloved rationalist, had himself gone "stark, staring mad on the subject of the dead."
11/7/1872     Conan Doyle's "Ghost Ship"    read it now!
On this day in 1872 the Mary Celeste set sail from New York, bound for Genoa and, in large part because of a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for legend. His "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" purported to be an eye-witness account of the gruesome end met by those aboard the mysterious "ghost ship."
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, David Timson (Reader)
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by Martin Booth
The Patient's Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
by David Pirie
The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by Peter Haining (Editor), Arthur Conan Doyle
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221B Baker Street
Offers electronic texts to Holmes stories and novels including A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, and His Last Bow. Also features information about Jeremy Brett and the Sherlock Holmes Granada Television series (1984-1994), a picture gallery, and links to biographies, discussion groups and more.
Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
An educational website for fans of mystery and detection stories offers information and commentary on selected stories, and an explanation their place within the genre and in relation to other writers, including Herman Melville.

"[Melville's] 'Benito Cereno' is one of the most perfectly plotted stories of the 19th Century, and the one most closely approximating Golden Age mystery technique in pre-Doyle fiction. From it, if no other mystery fiction had existed, Doyle could have learned the whole art of mystery plotting. One begins to see that Doyle had some powerful role models available to him when he created Sherlock Holmes: Poe and Gaboriau for the paradigms of the detective story. Robert Louis Stevenson for atmosphere and the concept of high adventure lurking in the fog of London. Borlase's detective James Brooks as a role model for the character of Sherlock Holmes. Melville's 'Benito Cereno' for plotting technique."
A large collection of electronic texts and information about Holmes and Dr. Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle, and life in Victorian England.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Society
The ACDS was founded in 1989 "to bring together those people sharing a common interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his works, and to encourage new work and investigation ... [and] to make the results of discussion and research available through the medium of the Society's Journal." Its website offers a biography, bibliograhy, interview with the author's daughter, information on new publications and activities, and links to e-texts, discussion groups, and publishers.
The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Doyle enthusiast site featuring quotations, puzzles, quizzes, answers to frequently asked questions, and information on a diverse range of topics, such as:

  • Dr. Joseph Bell, the supposed real-life Sherlock Holmes
  • why Doyle killed off his most famous (and popular) character

  • what inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • a who's who of characters from the world of Holmes
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