Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer who wrote a lot of books. He is best known for making up the famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes. He wrote more than 60 “Sherlock Holmes” mysteries that kept readers interested and took them to a world full of mysteries. Some of his best-known “Sherlock Holmes” books are “Stories of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes,” and “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.” He also wrote a lot of non-fiction, fantasy, and science-fiction books, as well as poetry. He has also written a lot of books about the past. He also made up a character named “Professor Challenger” and wrote several books about him. Doyle was born into a wealthy family in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a child, his mother Mary, who was well-read and a great storyteller, told him many fascinating stories. He first went to medical school. When he graduated, he worked for a short time and then started his own practice. His career as a doctor didn’t work out, so he started writing stories to pass the time while he waited for patients. He had no idea that these stories would change his life forever.
Early years and childhood
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His parents were Victorian artists, Charles Altamont Doyle and Mary Foley. Both of his parents were Irish Catholics.
His family was wealthy and well-known, but his father was a heavy drinker, so his wealthy uncles helped him out. His mother read a lot. When he was a child, she told him some great stories that made him think.
He started going to Hodder Place, a Roman Catholic Jesuit prep school, in 1868. Later, he went to Stonyhurst College. After that, he went to the Jesuit Stella Matutina School in Feldkirch, Austria.
In 1876, he went to the University of Edinburgh to start medical school. During this time, he also worked at a lot of different jobs and started writing his first short stories. “The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe” was one of his first stories that were never published.
His piece, “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley,” came out in the Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal on September 6, 1879. This was the first book he wrote. His nonfiction book, “Gelsemium as a Poison,” came out the same year.
He worked as a doctor on the Greenland whaler “Hope of Peterhead” in 1880. After he graduated, he started working as a ship surgeon on the “S SMayumba.”
In 1882, he opened his own medical practice at 1 Bush Villas in Southsea’s Elm Grove. His practice wasn’t very successful, so while he was waiting for patients, he started writing stories.
Sir Conan Doyle’s Career
“A Study in Scarlet” was first printed in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. The piece got good reviews and was the first time “Sherlock Holmes” and “Dr. John Watson” were seen.
“A Study in Scarlet” was put out as a book in 1888. This was one of the first books to use a magnifying glass as a way to find out what was going on. His historical novel, “Micah Clarke,” came out the next year.
In 1889, he wrote a book called “The Mystery of Cloomber.” In 1890, he wrote “The Firm of Girdlestone,” which was later turned into a silent movie with the same name.
In 1890, he moved to Vienna to study eye care. After that, he moved to London. Later, he opened a business as an eye doctor at No. 2 Devonshire Place.
The Sign of the Four, his second Sherlock Holmes book, came out in 1890. It was first published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, and then Spencer Blackett turned it into a book.
In 1892, he put out a book called “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” It was a collection of twelve stories about his famous detective character, “Sherlock Holmes.”
His historical book, “The Refugees,” came out in 1893. The next year, he put out a short story called “The Parasite” and a book called “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.” In the last book, “Sherlock Holmes” passes away.
In 1893, he wrote the comic opera “Jane Annie, or The Good Conduct Prize” with J. M. Barrie. It opened at the Savoy Theatre in London the same year.
The Stark Munro Letters, a book of letters, was published in 1895. The Field Bazaar, a short story about Sherlock Holmes, came out the following year.
His Gothic mystery book, “Rodney Stone,” came out in 1896. “The House of Temperley,” a silent movie, was made from it later. His book of short stories, “The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard,” came out the same year.
His book, “The Tragedy of the Korosko,” came out in 1898. This was first printed in “The Strand Magazine,” a UK magazine that comes out once a month. The next year, he wrote a book called “A Duet, with an Occasional Chorus,” which came out the following year.
The Great Boer War, his nonfiction book about the Boer War, came out in 1900. After two years, he published “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a book in the Sherlock Holmes series.
In 1905, he published “The Return of Sherlock Holmes,” a set of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories. In this collection, “Sherlock Holmes” showed up again after a long time.
Sir Nigel, a historical novel he wrote, came out in 1906. The first part of the Hundred Years’ War was talked about in the book. His book, “Through the Magic Door,” came out the following year.
In 1912, wrote a book called “The Lost World.” This was the first book in which he put Professor Challenger on the page. The next year, “The Poison Belt,” the second “Professor Challenger” book, came out.
The Valley of Fear, the last “Sherlock Holmes” book he wrote, came out in 1915. His book, “His Last Bow,” a collection of seven “Sherlock Holmes” stories, came out after two years.
In 1918, he published “Danger! and Other Stories,” a book of short stories, and “The New Revelation,” a book of nonfiction. The next year, he put out a book called “The Vital Message.”
He published a book of poems called “The Guards Came Through, and Other Poems” in 1919. In the years that followed, he wrote nonfiction books like “The Coming of the Fairies” and “The Case for Spirit Photography.”
In 1924, he put out a short story called “How Watson Learned the Trick.” It was about Sherlock Holmes. After three years, he put out “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes,” a book with 12 short stories about Holmes.
The Land of Mist, one of his books in the Professor Challenger series, came out in 1926. It was published by Hutchinson & Co. His nonfiction book, “The History of Spiritualism,” came out the same year.
In 1928, he wrote a short story for “Professor Challenger” called “When the World Screamed.” The following year, a short story called “The Disintegration Machine” about Professor Challenger was published in Stand Magazine.
Works of note
He came up with the famous fictional character Sherlock Holmes and wrote more than 60 detective stories about him. His most famous book, “Stories of Sherlock Holmes,” is still read by many people today.
Personal History and Legacies
He got married to Louisa Hawkins in 1885. She got tuberculosis, which led to her death in 1906. The couple had two kids.
He married Jean Elizabeth Leckie after his first wife died. In 1907, they got married and had three children. When his first wife was still alive, they fell in love.
He had an illness called Angina Pectoris.
He was a member of the Spiritualists’ National Union and believed in Christian Spiritualism. He was a member of
“The Ghost Club,” a group of people who believed in ghosts and other ghostly things.
He was in clubs that played football and golf. The Marylebone Cricket Club was another team he played for.
He died of a heart attack when he was 71 years old.
In Crowborough, where he lived for almost 23 years, a statue of him is being built in his honor.
Estimated Net worth
Sir is one of the wealthiest authors and is on the list of the most popular authors. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s net worth is about $1.5 million, according to our research, Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.
This very talented author and the doctor came up with the idea for and made the detective character Sherlock Holmes from the book “A Study in Scarlet.”