Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle started writing stories as a student. With a repertoire of over 30 books, 150 short stories, essays, plays, and poems, he earned the distinction of being one of the greatest short story writers ever, since Edgar Allan Poe. A master of all literary genres, his memorable creation is the invincible sleuth Sherlock Holmes whom the readers are introduced to in his first novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Such was the charisma of this Great Detective that after the author killed Holmes in ‘The Final Problem’ (1893), he was compelled to bring Holmes back after vociferous demands from readers.
A war correspondent, a spiritualist, an athlete, and a historian, the author was knighted for his contribution to Literature in a South African field hospital during the Boer War in 1902. He died on 7 July 1930 in Crow borough, Sussex.