57 Facts About Conan Doyle

1. Arthur Conan Doyle died on Monday, July 7, 1930, surrounded by his family.

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2. Conan Doyle championed the photos and eventually included them in his 1922 book, The Coming of Fairies.

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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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4. Conan Doyle had observed that Edalji's eyesight was so poor that it was proof the convict couldn't possibly have done the awful deed.

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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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8. Conan Doyle died in Windlesham, his home in Crowborough, Sussex, and at his funeral his family and members of the spiritualist community celebrated rather than mourned the occasion of his passing beyond the veil.

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9. Conan Doyle became the world's most-renowned proponent of spiritualism, but he faced considerable opposition for his conviction from the magician Harry Houdini and in a 1920 debate with the humanist Joseph McCabe.

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10. Conan Doyle was knighted in 1902 for his work with a field hospital in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and other services during the South African War.

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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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12. Conan Doyle played in ten cricket matches for the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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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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14. Conan Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police.

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15. Conan Doyle wrote in his autobiography that not a single patient ever crossed his door.

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16. Arthur Conan Doyle set up an ophthalmology practice in London.

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17. Conan Doyle was the first to bring skiing from Scandinavia to Switzerland.

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18. Conan Doyle was friends with Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson was a fellow classmate at the University of Edinburgh.

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19. Conan Doyle was on the same cricket team as Peter Pan writer JM Barrie.

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20. Conan Doyle paired up with his second wife, Jean, as one of the British driving teams.

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21. On May 22, 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle was born to an affluent, strict Irish-Catholic family in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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22. Conan Doyle would go on to write 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes.

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23. Conan Doyle was first buried on 11 July 1930 in Windlesham rose garden.

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24. Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham Manor, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930.

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25. In 1926, Conan Doyle laid the foundation stone for a Spiritualist temple in Camden, London.

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26. Conan Doyle was staying at the Lyndhurst Grand Hotel during March 1912 and made his most ambitious foray into architecture: sketching the original designs for a third storey extension and altering the front facade to the building.

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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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28. Conan Doyle commissioned a newly-built home from Joseph Henry Ball, an architect friend, in 1895, and played an active part of the design process.

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29. Conan Doyle threatened to have Price evicted from the National Laboratory of Psychical Research and claimed if he persisted to write "sewage" about spiritualists, he would meet the same fate as Harry Houdini.

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30. Conan Doyle wrote many other non-fictional Spiritualist works; perhaps his most famous being The Coming of the Fairies which reveals Conan Doyle's conviction in the veracity of the five Cottingley Fairies photographs.

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31. Conan Doyle was inspired by his Spiritualist beliefs to write a novel on the subject, The Land of Mist, featuring the character Professor Challenger.

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32. Conan Doyle debated the psychiatrist Harold Dearden, who was diametrically opposed to Doyle's views.

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33. Conan Doyle was a member of the renowned supernatural organisation The Ghost Club.

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34. Conan Doyle joined Sir Sidney Scott and Frank Podmore on a poltergeist investigation in Devon in 1894.

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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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37. Conan Doyle broke with Robinson when he became one of the leaders of the pacifist movement during the First World War.

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38. Conan Doyle became acquainted with Morel and Casement, and it is possible that, together with Bertram Fletcher Robinson, they inspired several characters in the 1912 novel The Lost World.

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39. Conan Doyle was appointed a Knight of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 1903.

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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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41. Conan Doyle believed that this publication was responsible for his being knighted as a Knight Bachelor by King Edward VII in 1902 and for his appointment as a Deputy-Lieutenant of Surrey.

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42. Conan Doyle had served as a volunteer doctor in the Langman Field Hospital at Bloemfontein between March and June 1900.

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43. Conan Doyle had two with his first wife: Mary Louise and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892—28 October 1918).

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44. Conan Doyle had maintained a platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was still alive, out of loyalty to her.

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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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46. Conan Doyle was a keen cricketer, and between 1899 and 1907 he played 10 first-class matches for the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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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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49. Conan Doyle felt grievously exploited by Ward Lock as an author new to the publishing world and he left them.

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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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51. Conan Doyle found it too difficult to understand the German medical terms at the classes in Vienna and quickly quit his studies there.

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52. In early 1891, Conan Doyle attempted the study of ophthalmology in Vienna.

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53. Conan Doyle completed his Doctor of Medicine degree on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.

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54. Conan Doyle was the doctor on the Greenland whaler Hope of Peterhead in 1880.

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55. Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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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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