Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is often regarded as just an author, he was much more. His works were inspired by the times and the people he met, and his literary influence remains relevant today. On May 22, 1859 Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Charles and Mary Doyle. He was their third child, and one of ten children all together. Charles Doyle was a political cartoonist and civil servant who earned only £300 per year, so money was very tight in the household. Partially due to his father’s alcoholism and mental instability, he and Charles weren’t ever close. However, he and his mother were. Mary was passionate about books and was a gifted storyteller. Charles reflected on this in one of his biographies…show more content…
He also encountered fellow artists such as James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. Two years later, Arthur wrote a short story entitled The Mystery of Sasassa Valley, and it was accepted in the Chamber’s Journal, an Edinburgh magazine. Soon after, he wrote the story The American Tale which was published in London Society. He said, "It was in this year that I first learned that shillings might be earned in other ways than by filling phials." When Arthur turned 20 he was offered a job as surgeon on the whaling boat Hope. He loved the adventure and camaraderie on the barge saying, “I went on board the whaler a big straggling youth, I came off a powerful well-grown man.” and that the arctic “awakened the soul of a born wanderer.” These experiences influenced the story Captain of the Pole Star. He went back to the university in 1880 and acquired his Bachelor of Medicine and his Master of Surgery degree. Then he went on the Mayumba, serving as ship’s surgeon again, for his first gainful employment. It navigated between Liverpool and the West Coast of Africa. He found Africa “detestable” and quite as soon as they were back in England. Facing the prospect of having to file for bankruptcy, he moved to Portsmouth to open his first practice. He struggled with trying to be a good doctor and become a recognized author. This earned him a fairly decent salary. Though he was busy with medicine and writing he married Louisa Hawking, whom he described as

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