Arthur Conan Doyle was born at Picardy Place, Edinburgh in 1859. Both his parents Charles Altamont Doyle and Mary (Foley) Doyle were Roman Catholics.
Doyle married Louise Hawkins in 1884.
Doyle studied medicine at Edinburgh University and he graduated as a doctor in 1885. After graduation Doyle practiced medicine at Southsea near Portsmouth in Hampshire until 1891 when he started writing full time.
Doyle's published his first story about Sherlock Holmes, “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887. He wrote the novel in three weeks in 1886. The second Sherlock Holmes story, “The Sign of the Four” followed and The Strand Magazine started to publish “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" in July 1891.
The Sherlock Holmes stories became very popular, and Doyle decided to discontinue the series about the famous detective. The author killed his legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem”, which was published at the end of 1893. All the above mentioned novels are published in our literature collection.
During the South African War (1899-1902) Arthur Conan Doyle served as a doctor in a field hospital. During this period he wrote “The Great Boer War”. Doyle returned to England in 1902 and was knighted. He published another Sherlock Holmes story “The Hound of the Baskervilles” in 1902. He continued to write stories about Holmes and Watson.
His wife died in 1907. Shortly after his wife's death Arthur Conan Doyle married Jean Leckie. Doyle’s son died in World War I, which affected the author deeply. From this point on, Doyle decided to dedicate his life to spiritual causes.
Doyle died of heart disease on July 7, 1930.