The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge” (British…). When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said this, he was not talking about himself, but the statement applied to him. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, and even though it was not known to his parents, on that day one of the greatest writers of his time was born. Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Mary and Charles Doyle. Arthur Conan Doyle had an interesting and eventful life, though he was born into a financially unstable family. The harsh conditions made him a stronger person as a result. His life had its ups and downs, but his experiences during his childhood and his adult life, as well as, the inspirational people he met would ultimately influence his future stories. Arthur Conan Doyle’s childhood had a direct impact on the books that he wrote and the path that he took in life. Arthur’s mother was an inspirational effect on his life. As the Dictionary of Literary Biography says, “Conan Doyle's mother, Mary Foley Doyle, was well read and a great storyteller, both characteristics clearly responsible for leading his interests toward literature"(British...). Early in Arthur’s life, Mary Doyle was very influential in helping him to find his passion for writing stories. This passion for writing was easily visible to his mother, and she strove to make every opportunity available for him to succeed in life. As Carl Rollyson points out, "Seeing talent in young Arthur, the strong and practical Mary Doyle procured for him an excellent education despite their difficult circumstances and eventually saw him through medical school"(530). His mother did everything she could in order to ensure that an education was available for him. She wanted to guarantee that he ha... ... middle of paper ... ...ffect on his works. "Conan Doyle died in Windlesham, his home in Crowborough, Sussex, and at his funeral, his family and members of the spiritualist community celebrated rather than mourned the occasion of his passing beyond the veil.” "On July 13, 1930, thousands of people filled London's Royal Albert Hall for a séance during which Estelle Roberts, the spiritualist medium, claimed to have contacted Sir Arthur.” Writer, British. "Arthur Conan Doyle." 2008. Web. 15 May 2010. . This Article shows the effects of his life experiences on how he writes in his books. He uses his own actions to show himself as heroic. "Doyle's second wife, Jean, said: "My husband's mother was a very remarkable and highly cultured woman. She had a dominant personality, wrapped up on the most charming womanly exterior.”

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