Thesis: Using his spare time to write short stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became a significant, successful writer of his time.
I. Preface on Doyle’s Life
A. Life as a child
B. Student life
II. Puerile becomes Professional
A. Works as an author
B. Career life
III. Perspective and Philosophies
A. Religion or faith
B. Social Outlook
C. Influences or impacts
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” –from The Sign of the Four (1890). Sherlock Holmes was a character one would most likely recognize as the cunning detective who uses his keen wit to solve mysteries. This was a character chained to the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, probably being the most famous of his literature. Why would he so deprecate his most popular character in his later life? His life sank into depression when most of the people he loved perished. “Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.” –Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism was the consolation to his misery. Yet, why does he spend his last few years trying to prove it? This was a man whose life had as many twist and turns as his novels. Using his spare time to write short stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became a significant, successful writer of his time.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was of Irish descent – both of his parents being Irish (“Arthur Conan Doyle,” 1-2). Doyle, at six years of age, had written his first book. Presently, his books are now printed and distributed worldwide (Adams, 9). History was something Doyle loved; events in history were the foundation when he made up his stories. Doyle made them his own and created something new with it (Adams, 19). Given that Doyle was the eldest, his family wanted to make the most out of him in hopes of using his possibility of success in the...