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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
What a debt we all owe to Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most exciting figures in all of English fiction, not to mention Holmes' lovable, genial companion Dr. Watson and his archenemy, the evil Professor Moriarty. Indeed, so fixed a part of our lives have these characters become that thousands and thousands of visitors come each year from all parts of the globe to visit 221B Baker Street in London to see where they believe Holmes lived and worked. There is a tavern nearby, "The Sherlock Holmes" that has a small upstairs exhibition of the fictional detectives pipe, deerstalker hat and so on. We can dismiss the rest of Conan Doyle's writings and we can only be amused by his belief in the supernatural and paranormal (he could be easily fooled by even the most amateur spiritualist and charlatan, as Houdini was to discover).

Doyle's stories about the eccentric, but brilliant detective and his unfailing powers of perception were apparently based on one of his teachers at the University of Edinburgh, where he studied medicine. They first appeared in A Study in Scarlet (1887). Evidence of his own medical training at Edinburgh surfaces from time to time in Doyle's detective stories. The instructor was greatly admired for his deductive reasoning, an attribute for which Sherlock Holmes was to become famous (Doyle then contributed additional stories in the Strand Magazine). When the writer killed off his famous detective in 1893, public demand made his restoration inevitable.

The Baker Street Connection - Complete text of the 56 short stories and the four full-length novels written about England's greatest fictional detective
Sherlockian Homepage- Electronic texts, resources, downloadable pictures and sound, specialized hotlinks, things for sale, other works by Arthur Conan Doyle, actors, etc

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