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Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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*A Study in Scarlet, 1887
*The Mystery of Cloomber, 1889
*Micah Clarke, 1889
*My Friend the Murderer and Other Mysteries and Adventures, 1890
*The Firm of Girdlestone, 1890
*Captain of the Polestar and Other Stories, 1890
*The Sign of Four, 1890
*The White Company, 1891
*The Doings of Raffles Haw, 1891
*Beyond the City/The Parasite, 1892
*The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892
*The Great Shadow: And Other Napoleonic Tales, 1893
*The Refugees: A Tale of Two Continents, 1893
*The Parasite, 1894
*Actor's Duel and the Winning Shot, 1894
*Round the Red Lamp, 1894
*The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894
*Stark Munro Letters, 1895
*Rodney Stone, 1896
*The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, 1896
*Uncle Bernac, 1897
*Songs of Action, 1898
*The Tragedy of the Korosko, 1898
*A Duet: With an Occasional Chorus, 1899
*The Green Flag and Other Stories of War and Sport, 1900
*The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1902
*The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct, 1902
*The Return of Sherlock Holmes, 1905
*Round the Fire Stories, 1906
*Sir Nigel, 1906
*The Crime of the Congo, 1909
*The Last Galley: Impressions and Tales, 1911
*Songs of the Road, 1911
*The Case of Oscar Slater, 1912
*The Lost World, 1912
*The Poison Belt, 1913
*The German War, 1914
*Great Britain and Next War, 1914
*The Valley of Fear; The Tragedy of Birlstone/The Scrowrers, 1915
*A Visit to Three Fronts, 1916
*His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, 1917
*The New Revelation, 1918
*Danger! and Other Stories, 1918
*The Vital Message, 1919
*The Wanderings of a Spiritualist, 1921
*The Coming of the Fairies, 1922
*The Last of the Legions: And Other Tales of Long Ago, 1922
*Dealings of Captain Sharkey and Other Tales of Pirates, 1922
*The Man from Archangel: And Other Tales of Adventure, 1922
*The Black Doctor: And Other Tales of Terror and Mystery, 1922
*The Great Keinplatz Experiment: And Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen, 1922
*The Croxley Master: And Other Tales of the Ring and Camp, 1922
*Memories and Adventures (audio version), 1924
*The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2, 1927
*The Complete Sherlock Holmes, 1928
*When the World Screamed and Other Stories, 1928
*Our African Winter, 1929
*The Edge of the Unknown, 1930
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