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57 Facts About Conan Doyle
3. Arthur Conan Doyle was so happy to share many of his wife's activities that his literary output slowed down considerably after his marriage.
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5. Conan Doyle opened a practice in elegant Upper Wimpole Street where, if you read his autobiography, not a single patient ever crossed his door.
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6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the author responsible for one of the most popular fictional characters in history: Sherlock Holmes.
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7. Conan Doyle detailed what he valued most in life in his autobiography, Memories and Adventures, and the importance that books held for him in Through the Magic Door (1907).
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11. Conan Doyle married Louisa Hawkins in 1885, and together they had two children, Mary and Kingsley.
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13. Conan Doyle ended his response by saying that Holmes would have published facsimiles of this letter in the leading newspapers in both the UK and US, to see if anyone could come forward and identify the handwriting.
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16. Arthur Conan Doyle set up an ophthalmology practice in London.
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27. Conan Doyle lived in Undershaw which is near Hindhead in Surrey from October 1897 to September 1907.
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35. Conan Doyle was a founding member of the Hampshire Society for Psychical Research in 1889 and joined the London-based Society for Psychical Research in 1893.
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36. Conan Doyle was initiated as a Freemason at the Phoenix Lodge No 257 in Southsea.
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40. Conan Doyle stood for Parliament twice as a Liberal Unionist—in 1900 in Edinburgh Central and in 1906 in the Hawick Burghs—but although he received a respectable vote, he was not elected.
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45. Conan Doyle was an occasional bowler who took just one first-class wicket, although one of the highest pedigree as it was W G Grace.
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47. Conan Doyle was a prolific author of short stories, including two collections set in Napoleonic times featuring the French character Brigadier Gerard.
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48. Conan Doyle wrote the first five Holmes short stories from his office at 2 Upper Wimpole Street, which is marked by a memorial plaque.
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50. Conan Doyle opened a small office and consulting room at 2 Upper Wimpole Street, or 2 Devonshire Place as it was then.
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56. Conan Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
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57. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes.
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