Day 15 Colourisation Project – May 22nd
Born this day, 22 May, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a surgeon, ophthalmologist, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes originally came to light in Doyle’s first novel, A Study in Scarlet. This was followed by two historical novels, Micah Clarke in 1889 and The White Company in 1891
Due to the success of his literary career, Doyle gave up medicine and went on to write fifty-six Sherlock Holmes stories and four novels. The Valley of Fear (1914) was the last. Doyle is generally considered one of the greatest crime fiction writers of all time.
However, by the 1920’s Doyle turned his focus onto Spiritualism, a movement begun by Swedish mystic and philosopher, Emmanuel Swedenborg. Doyle, joined the small band of believers who subscribed to the notion that the living could communicate with the dead. His writings in this area include The Wanderings of a Spiritualist (1921), The History of Spiritualism (1926)
Doyle had served as a volunteer doctor in the Boer War. After the United Kingdom received widespread condemnation for its conduct in this war, Doyle wrote a short piece titled The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct, justifying the UK’s role.
Doyle believed that this publication was in part the reason he was knighted by King Edward VII in August 1902 for his service to England.
“I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.” Arthur Conan Doyle