It all started when Sherlock Holmes was born on October 14, 1887, with the publishing of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Born in Scotland Doyle attended the University of Edinburgh and studied medicine. While at university Doyle met a teacher who had amazing deductive powers, Dr. Joseph Bell. He partly became the inspiration for the character Sherlock Holmes.
With education behind him, Doyle moved to London, England and opened his medical practice. Finding time to write he wrote his first story about Sherlock Holmes “A Study in Scarlet” which was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. Then a series of Holmes stories appeared in The Strand Magazine and finally Doyle could give up his medical practice and devote his time to writing.
Among the later collections are “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” in 1827, “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” in 1894, and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” in 1905. Doyle was knighted for his work with a field hospital in South Africa in 1902. His other pursuits included writing about history, whaling, and engaging in lots of adventures and athletic endeavors. When his son died in WW I Doyle became a dedicated spiritualist. He died on July 11, 1930, of a heart attack at the age of 71.
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Photo of Sherlock Holmes statue in Edinburgh, Scotland opposite Doyle’s birthplace which was demolished in 1970.