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A Study In Scarlett: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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When one thinks of a detective, they picture a man with a pipe, dressed in a long trench coat, fashionably sporting a plaid deerstalker. Behind this fashionable garb is a man whom everyone knows by the name of Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal fictional detective who is "right there with Hamlet, Heathcliff and Oliver Twist as one of the best-known characters in all of English Literature" (Routledge). He stands familiar to those who have yet to open the pages of these wonders. Behind every great character though is the mastermind who dreamt his creation. Holmes owes his existence to a man by the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Picardy Place, Edinburgh. He was the son of Charles Altamont Doyle. Charles Altamont Doyle suffered from Epilepsy and severe alcoholism, so he was not present for much of Conan Doyle's childhood. Conan Doyle grew up in a very large family where he was the youngest of ten children. Seeing his astounding potential, the Doyle family sent Sir Arthur to a Jesuit school. There he stayed for seven years finding joy only in the letters that he received from his mother whom he loved dearly. He quickly discovered his love for writing and amused his fellow classmates with intriguing tales that he conspired. Conan Doyle admired Edgar Allen Poe and hoped to eventually publish novels as he once did. Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved writing, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and attended Edinburgh University. There he graduated in 1885 with a medical degree and practiced medicine until 1891. Doyle was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. These are all qualities that are exhibited in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. In August of 1885, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided it was time to marry and took Louisa Hawkins to be his wife. They lived a pleasant life, and he was able to settle down from his busy life he lead. During this pause in his life, Doyle decided to begin the novel that would be his claim to fame. This would be published two years later under the name of A Study In Scarlet. In his first novel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduces his main characters, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, that would end up leaving an impact on the world forever. This book is the first of many in the Sherlock Holmes series.
Part 1, of A Study In Scarlett, introduces the main characters. John H. Watson is a graduate of the University of London where he received his Doctorates degree in medicine. After graduating, he was sent to Afghanistan as a surgeon for the war. While there, Watson is struck by a bullet in the shoulder and suffers from Typhoid Fever. After healing slightly, he relocates to London where he lives a pleasurable life off of the government. This money eventually runs low and Watson is forced to search for different living conditions. One day Watson runs into an old friend by the name of Stamford. ...

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