Arthur Conan Doyle Analysis

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• Arthur Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Charles Altamont Doyle and Mary Foley
• Because his father was an alcoholic, the family was separated for a significant portion of Doyle’s early life.
• Doyle was baptized as “Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle” at “St. Mary’s Cathedral” in his birth town
• Thanks to wealthy uncles, Doyle studied medicine in the “University of Edinburgh”
• He served aboard two ships on naval voyages to the Arctic Ocean and to the West African Coast (he did not enjoy his visit to Africa)
• When he got his full license for “practicing ophthalmology”, he did not achieve success, and in the meantime, he wrote a great number of stories
• His literary portfolio includes medical articles, short stories of various types, multiple fictional novels (“The Mystery of Cloomber” and “The Narrative of John Smith”), and historical novels
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Joseph Bell, whose “‘habits of observation and inference’” were legendary among his students and contemporaries.
• “Holmes is not above bending or even breaking the law, but he does so mainly in the service of higher levels of social order or justice” (Magill 531)
• “While Holmes may stray from the letter of the law, he never violates its spirit” (Magill 531)
• “Holmes is given the irritating but essential characteristic of refusing to reveal what he knows until he has completed his solution, sometimes waiting until the criminal is caught. Such concealment is essential to the dramatic power of the stories; it creates suspense and an eagerness to continue reading, and it allows the story to build toward the moment of surprising revelation of the criminal or the crime.” (Magill 532)
• His talents are numerous, as cataloged by Watson in “A Study in Scarlet”, and include martial arts, chemistry, and formal

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