Arthur Conan Doyle

portrait of sir arthur conan doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons. Bromide print, circa 1916. NPG Ax39223 Image © National Portrait Gallery, London


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a writer and doctor, catapulted to fame by his stories featuring the master of logic and deduction, Sherlock Holmes. The enormous success of these detective tales allowed Conan Doyle to give up his medical practice in 1891 and dedicate himself to writing. His output was wide-ranging: plays, verse, memoirs, articles on sport, short stories, historical novels and finally supernatural novels and writings on spiritualism. Yet, much to his later frustration, his most successful creation remained Holmes.

Read more about the creator of Sherlock Holmes in the article 'An introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'.

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