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- DescriptionSir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer who is most ted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also kwn for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, n-fiction, and historical vels. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School. A London-based consulting detective whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four vels and 56 short stories. The first vel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia in 1891; further series of short stories and two vels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914. All but four stories are narrated by Holmes's friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself ( The Blanched Soldier and The Lion's Mane ) and two others are written in the third person ( The Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow ). In two stories ( The Musgrave Ritual and The Gloria Scott ), Holmes tells Watson the main story from his memories, while Watson becomes the narrator of the frame story. The first and fourth vels, A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear, each include a long interval of omniscient narration recounting events unkwn to either Holmes or Watson. In 1882 he joined former classmate George Turnavine Budd as his partner at a medical practice in Plymouth, but their relationship proved difficult, and Doyle soon left to set up an independent practice. Arriving in Portsmouth in June of that year with less than 10 ( 900 today) to his name, he set up a medical practice at 1 Bush Villas in Elm Grove, Southsea. The practice was initially t very successful. While waiting for patients, Doyle again began writing stories and composed his first vels, The Mystery of Cloomber, t published until 1888, and the unfinished Narrative of John Smith, which would go unpublished until 2011. He amassed a portfolio of short stories including The Captain of the Pole-Star and J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement, both inspired by Doyle's time at sea, the latter of which popularised the mystery of the Mary Celeste and added fictional details such as the perfect condition of the ship (which had actually taken on water by the time it was discovered) and its boats remaining on board (the one boat was in fact missing) that have come to dominate popular accounts of the incident.
- Author(s)Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Date of Publication29/03/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight45 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine2 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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