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Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

Scott #2308
October 8, 2009, perf. 14½×14½

Creator of Sherlock Holmes

Edinburgh-born Arthur Conan Doyle was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire where he developed his talents as a storyteller. He had his first fiction published while he was studying medicine at Edinburgh University medical school in the late 1870s. As a young ship's doctor, voyages to Greenland and West Africa in the early 1880s inspired both his fiction and his social outlook.

Conan Doyle was a writer of historical novels, a spiritualist, and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, whom he introduced to an enthralled public in A Study in Scarlet (1887), hurled to his death at the Reichenbach Falls in the 1893 short story 'The Adventure of the Final Problem' and resurrected in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905). He located a 'Lost World' of dinosaurs, stood against racial and sexual prejudice in an era when such attitudes were the norm, campaigned against miscarriages of justice – and outraged the world when he attempted to eliminate the most famous detective of all time.

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