Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle was more than just an author. He was a knight, a soldier, a
spiritualist, a whaler, a doctor, a journalist, and most of all, he was
adventurous. He was not the quiet type of person, so he enjoyed expressing
himself. Arthur Conan Doyle was born on the 22nd of May 1859 in Picardy Place,

Edinburgh. The second child of Charles Altamont and Mary Foley, he was thought t
have been named after the legendary medieval king, Arthur, of the Round Table.

Doyle was also named after his granduncle, Michael Edward Conan. He was a
descendant of the Irish, and was of the Roman Catholic religion. Doyle had a
grandfather, John Doyle. He was political cartoonist, who, financially supported
the family.1 Doyle had a pretty rough home life because his father was an
alcoholic. As he grew up, Doyle had to take more of the responsibilities around
the house into his own hands, because his father was either too sick or drunk to
fulfill his daily work at home. Doyle’s mother, Mary Foley, was a homemaker
who took care of her son Arthur and his brothers and sisters, and also worked
and cleaned the house everyday.2 Doyle’s early education started when he was
about seven years old. His mother spent lots of time reading with him and
tutoring him, because this is what she thought he needed to become a cultured
gentleman. When Doyle was ten years old he left home and went to the Jesuit

Preparatory school named Hodder House. This was a boarding school for young
boys. Arthur hated this school. Doyle once stated that Hodder House "was a
little more pleasant than being confined in a prison." While attending Hodder

House, he studied chemistry, poetry, geometry, arithmetic, and grammar. After
his experiences at Jesuit Preparatory school, he left and applied for Stonyhurst

Academy. Doyle was accepted for enrollment into Stonyhurst and remained there
for about five more years. While at Stonyhurst, Doyle, who excelled in cricket,
demonstrated some very early signs of literary talent. At the academy, he became
quite good at telling stories and reading aloud.3 Doyle started reading his old
favorite books from his childhood. His favorite childhood writer was Mayne Reid,
who wrote The Scalp Hunters. This was his favorite book while he was progressing
through life.4 During his last year before attending medical school, Doyle went
to Feldkirch, a school in Austria. While attending Feldkirch, he began to
question his faith in the Roman Catholic religion.5 Doyle decided finally to
become a doctor and went to Edinburgh University. While attending the university

Doyle met a Dr. Joseph Bell, upon whom the character Sherlock Holmes was based.

Also, he met the anatomist Professor Rutherford, who was eventually made into
the model for Professor Challenger in Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings.6 While at

Edinburgh University, Doyle took a part-time job helping out another doctor.

This was only one of the many jobs that he had while he was a learning pupil
during his school time.7 For one of his assignments as a paid student at

Edinburgh University, he became the doctor on a whaling ship in the Arctic Ocean
during a seven-month voyage. When he returned to the University after his long
trip, Doyle received his Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1881. After his
graduation, Doyle decided to go back and make a second voyage as a whaling
ship’s doctor in the Arctic Ocean. While on the second voyage, he nearly died
of a high fever.8 When Doyle left Edinburgh University, he told his family that
he had changed his religion, and was no longer of the Catholic faith.9 Doyle
began his writing career and the public loved his first professional work. The
editor of the Cornhill Magazine approved of the story and the author, accepting
the story Habakuk Jephson’s Statement for publication. Arthur Conan Doyle’s

Sherlock Holmes novels were huge successes in North America.10 The people
enjoyed them so much that Doyle wrote even more novels for the United States to
publish, such as The Sign of Four. Doyle’s first short story to be published
was The Mystery of Sasassa Valley in 1879.11 While he paid more attention to his
writing than his medical career, Doyle continued to practice medicine for about
two years. It was during this time that he met his soon-to-be wife, Louise

Hawkins,12 when her brother was diagnosed with an incurable disease, cerebral
meningitis. Jack, Louise’s brother, died a couple of days later. Louise and

Doyle were married several months later. Louise’s nickname was "Touie,"
one of the names Doyle later used in his famous