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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859-7 July 1930): born in Edinburgh, Scotland; educated Hodder School, Sonyhurst College, and the Jesuit School (Feldkirch, Austria); M.D., University of Edinburgh; Senior Physician at South African field hospital in Boer War; knighted 1902; 1885 married Louise Hawkins (1 daughter, 1 son); 1907 married Jean Leckie (2 sons, 1 daughter); practised medicine, Southsea, 1882-1990; full-time writer from 1891; stood for Parliament 1900 as Central Edinburgh candidiate (Unionist), and 1906 for Hawick Burghs (Tariff Reform); 1905 LL.D. University of Edinburgh; Knight of Grace of the Order of St.John of Jerusalem. Author of the immortal Sherlock Holmes, although he preferred to be remembered for his "serious" novels. He also introduced skiing to Switzerland (honest!). Because of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle is in some sense the central figure in the establishment of mystery/detective fiction as a commercially viable genre, albeit Edgar Allan Poe created the field. Shall we say that Poe was the grandfather and Doyle the father of our field? (11 web pages listed): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Doyle Era subgenre 221 B Baker Street Baker Street Connection (all the stories & more) International Sherlock Holmes Event Guide Sherlock Holmes in French Sherlock Holmes-Rutgers Sherlock Holmes in Hypertext Sherlock Holmes Resume Service Sherlockian Connection Sherlockian Holmpage Sherlocktron Holmes Page The serious novels he wanted to remembered for: * Micah Clark [1889] * The Firm of Girdlestone [1890] * The White Company [1891] * The Great Shadow [1893] * The Great Shadow and Beyond the City [1894] * The Refugees [1893] * The Parasite [1895] * The Stark Munro Letters [1895] * Rodney Stone [1896] * Uncle Bernac: a Memory of Empire [1897] * The Tragedy of Korosko [1898] a.k.a. Desert Drama * A Duet, with Occasional Chorus [1910] * Sir Nigel [1906] * The Lost World [1912] science fiction * The Poison Belt [1913] science fiction * The Land of Mist [1926] * 14 collections of stories (6 posthumous) * 13 plays * 4 books of poetry * 44 nonfiction books (history, religion, spiritualism, photography) In the Periodic Table of the Elements, "Dy" stands for Dysprosium. In the Periodic Table of the Mystery Authors, "Dy" stands for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Honorable Mentions: Fyoder Dostoyevsky, full name Fyoder Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881): Major mainstream novelist of Russia, listed here for classic Mystery/Detective novels of guilt, compulsion, and human nature: * Crime and Punishment [1866] * The Brothers Karamazov [1889-1890] Return to Mystery/Detective Table of Contents Return to PERIODIC TABLE OF MYSTERY AUTHORS [Grateful acknowledgment to Professor Erich Friedman for his permission for me to use the table structure and color GIFs of the Periodic Table, above, whose Mystery Author roll-over status names and correlation of Element Abbreviations with Mystery Author names are not the fault of Professor Erich Friedman but purely the work of Professor Jonathan Vos Post]