Arthur Conan Doyle

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Although, the words were never actually uttered by Sherlock Holmes, the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson,” has been stuck in minds since Arthur Conan Doyle first wrote about the famous detective. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, widely known for his stories about the great detective Sherlock Holmes, was born into poverty in Edinburg, Scotland on May 22, 1859. Doyle’s early life and later experiences with his medical career and religion helped influence stories centered around his most famous series and detective, Sherlock Holmes, along with Holmes’ best friend, John Watson. His early interest in Edgar Allen Poe’s style of Gothicism also helped mold his writing style later in life. Living in England and Scotland, and serving in the Boer War, his …show more content…
Nevertheless, his career as a doctor never fully came to fruition and he eventually started writing. As the Boer War broke out, Doyle enlisted as a surgeon, and after he returned, he published The Hound of the Baskervilles (British Writers 161).
Robinson's description had an incredible effect on Doyle's hound of the Baskervilles, the beast around which Doyle centered the novel. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, the mysterious beast that haunts the inhabitants of the house near the moor is described as such: A hound, it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smoldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish be conceived . . . . (Doyle 229)
In the first printing’s description, Doyle credited the idea for a menacing dog in a moor in Hound to Robinson’s eerie story and his description on an evil dog haunting a nearby moor (“The Hound” 131). Additionally, Holmes also demonstrates his ability to instantaneously make educated guesses about people in The Hound of the Baskervilles. After finding a walking stick outside their apartment, Watson and Holmes make some guesses as to who it belongs to and what this person’s hobbies, physical
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