Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a Scottish physician and author most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.
He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry and historical novels.
Doyle studied medicine at Edinburgh University and during his time there he also started writing short stories. In 1882 he set up his own medical practice and while waiting between patients he continued writing stories and composed his first novels.
His first significant piece, A Study in Scarlet, was taken by Ward Lock & Co on 20 November 1886. The story featured the first appearance of Watson and Sherlock Holmes, partially modelled after his former university teacher Joseph Bell. This rare film clip shows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s only known interview in which he discusses how and why he came to create the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle was one of the first writers to begin to use a literary agent. By the 1920s he was the highest paid writer in the world. Most of his works appeared in serialised magazine form, and then reappeared later in book form — therefore he was paid at least twice for his most popular stories.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his later Sherlock Holmes novels with a Parker Duofold Fountain Pen. For a brilliant website on all-things Sherlock Holmes visit www.sherlockian-sherlock.com