Conan Doyle, Arthur
|born on||22 May 1859 at 04:55 (= 04:55 AM )|
|Place||Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13|
|Timezone||LMT m3w13 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||00°33' 00°46 Asc. 23°13'|
Scottish writer best known as creator of the modern detective story, and of the characters Sherlock Holmes and his colleague Dr. Watson. Studying at Edinburgh University, he received his medical degree in 1885 and practiced medicine until 1891, before devoting his time to his literary work. His first publication was in 1879 but he did not receive any recognition until "A Study in Scarlet" was released in 1887. Besides his great achievements in the history of detective fiction, he is also noted for historical romances. He was knighted in 1902.
The son of a civil servant who worked hard to support his brood of seven kids, Conan Doyle escaped the family domestic tension by reading for hours. He was a student at Stonyhurst Jesuit school, noted for its discipline, followed by a year of study in Austria. When he came home to enroll at Edinburgh University's school of medicine, he was met by the sad spectacle of his dad, broken by depression, epilepsy and alcoholism. His dad was institutionalized for the rest of his life, causing great sorrow and hardship for the family.
Upon graduation, Conan Doyle served for a seven-month voyage as ship's doctor on an Arctic whaler. His income helped the family but it was almost more of an adventure than he could handle. He nearly died of typhoid fever, fought a ship's fire and had a close call in meeting a shark. Back on dry land, he resolved to stay there and opened a practice in Portsmouth, England. Conan Doyle was beginning the dark periods of depression, like his father, that plagued him the rest of his life.
As his practice built slowly, Conan Doyle filled his time with sports; cricket, rugby, golfing, boxing, billiards, as well as writing. His first short story was published in 1879 while he was still in school, but he primarily wrote as a diversion.
Conan Doyle married his first wife, Louise Hawkins, in 1885 and their daughter Mary Louise was born two years later. His marriage stabilized him, and Doyle's stories began to markedly improve and gain great popularity. His medical practice began to fall by the wayside in his keeping up with the demand for Sherlock Holmes stories.
A son was born, Kingsley, and Conan Doyle was getting unheard-of prices for his stories, when his world crashed down; Louise was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Over the next few years, Conan Doyle developed insomnia, nightmares, depression and mood swings.
Some years before, on 3/15/1897, Conan Doyle had met 24-year-old Jean Leckie. Though they fell deeply in love, Doyle would not consider breaking up his marriage, and he and Jean had a platonic relationship over the next ten years. During that time, Conan Doyle volunteered to service in the Royal Army's medical corps during the Boer War in South Africa, was knighted by King Edward VII, and ran unsuccessfully for Parliament. He also traveled widely, lecturing in the United States, where he was wildly popular, and Europe.
After years of illness, Louise died on 7/04/1906. Conan Doyle and Jean were married on 9/18/1907. They had three kids in rapid succession, Denis, Adrian and Jean.
Since his days as a medical student, Conan Doyle had been interested in parapsychology and he had read and studied phenomena most of his life. After losing his eldest son, Kingsley, of pneumonia at the close of the great war, Conan Doyle became totally open about his belief in spiritualism, hoping to contact his boy. He also had specific ideas about the afterlife. In the last years of his life as his health slowly failed, he held nightly séances at home and underwrote the establishment of a psychic bookshop, library and museum. He spoke in Paris as acting president of the International Spiritualist Congress.
Conan Doyle died of heart and kidney failure 7/07/1930 in Crowborough. Many sincere attempts to contact him after his death met with failure.
( On the television show, Biography, 9/2000, the birth date of the fictitious Sherlock Holmes was given as Jan. 6, 1854, presumed London.)
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- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1879 (First published works)
- Social : End a program of study 1885 (Received his medical degree)
- Relationship : Marriage 1885 (First marriage Louise Hawkins)
- Financial : Best Period 1887 (First recognition)
- Work : Retired 1891 (Stopped practicing medicine)
- Work : Prize 1902 (Knighted)
- Death of Mate 1906 (First wife died)
- Relationship : Marriage 1907 (Second marriage Jean Leckie)
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- Traits : Personality : Hard worker
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Typhoid fever)
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
- Diagnoses : Psychological : Sleep disorders (Imsomnia, nightmares and mood swings)
- Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Dad institutionalized)
- Family : Childhood : Other Childhood (Helped financially support family)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife died of leukemia)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
- Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son died of pneumonia in WW I)
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Pres. of the Intn'l Spiritualist Congress)
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Cricket, rugby, golf, boxing and billiards)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Spiritualist (Spirtualist)
- Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lecturer)
- Vocation : Medical : Physician (Practiced six years)
- Vocation : Travel : Crew/ Ship, Train, Bus (Sailor, seven-month voyage)
- Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction
- Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Historical romances, novels)
- Notable : Awards : Knighted
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Mystery writer)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book