The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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John Dickson Carr writes an extensive biography The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With a combination of the biography and Adler’s Individual Psychology one can paint a picture of who this famous man really was. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22nd of 1859 to Charles Doyle and Mary Foley in Edwardian England, he was the third child but first boy born to the young couple. Eventually they had 9 children in all, 7 of which made it into adulthood and 2 of those were male. Mary adored young Arthur and filled his head with romantic stories of their Irish heritage. She was a vivacious woman full of family pride. Charles Doyle was a seemingly depressed alcoholic that did not spend the greatest amount of time with his family. He was an artist who made very little a year while Mary was from a richer family and was unaccustomed to the poverty-like lifestyle. Mary had the greatest influences on Arthur’s personality and his goals. She worked hard and instilled in Arthur family and national pride, chivalry and respect for all women, courtesy, and a fascination with the French.
As a young boy, Arthur was a dreamer and a reader; he developed a love for stories, at large part because of his mother, Mary, or the Ma’am as he called her. He was an aggressive boy, described as having an “unquenchable thirst for getting into fights” (Carr 7). His Uncle, enchanted by the boys’ love for history and learning, advised his parents to put him in a Jesuit School. Not because they were of the…
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