Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Where would we be without Sherlock Holmes?. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s enduring sleuth has captured the imagination of every generation since the publication of ‘A Study in Scarlet’ in 'Beeton’s Christmas Annual’ in 1887. Our featured book is the leather ‘The Best of Sherlock Holmes’ by The Franklin Library.

There are many interesting pieces of trivia about Doyle but the two we like the most are:

Doyle's attitude towards his most famous creation was ambivalent. In November 1891 he wrote to his mother: "I think of slaying Holmes,... and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things." His mother responded, "You won't! You can't! You mustn't!”

Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham Manor, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He died of a heart attack at the age of 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful.”

Doyle was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

Of particular interest to the SF genre was Doyle’s second greatest character, the irascible scientist Professor George Edward Challenger who featured in five stories, two of novella length incuding the classic ‘The Lost World’.

Professor Challenger is an adventurer not unlike Indiana Jones, a relic hunter. He is also a pretentious and self-righteous scientific jack-of-all-trades. Although considered by the press to be "just a homicidal megalomaniac with a turn for science”. He is ridiculed for claiming to have found an undiscovered land in the middle of the Amazon basin where dinosaurs still exist and primitive humans are at constant war with ape-like humanoids.


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