Sherlock Holmes is Just the Beginning!
This site is devoted to the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here you’ll find information about Sherlock Holmes, The Lost World and Conan Doyle’s other writing. You’ll also learn about his time as a ship’s surgeon, his tangled love life, his troubled father and other aspects of his interesting life. In addition, this site is also home to the largest collection of Conan Doyle quotations anywhere.
Conan Doyle and World War One
When World War One broke out in 1914 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to enlist in the military stating, “I am fifty-five but I am very strong and hardy, and can make my voice audible at great distances, which is useful at drill.” His offer was refused but that didn’t stop Sir Arthur from contributing to the war effort in every way possible. In fact, he was active in defense of his country even before war broke out.
The Death of Sherlock Holmes
As time went on Conan Doyle found himself more closely identified with Sherlock Holmes to the exclusion of his other works. “I weary of his name,” he told his mother. In his own mind the matter was settled. Holmes must die.
Mary Foley Doyle
By anyone’s definition Mary Foley Doyle, known as “the Ma’am” by her son Arthur Conan Doyle, was an interesting woman. She saved the Doyle family from ruin when her husband was institutionalized. She gave her children hope for tomorrow with tales of past glories and victories. She also had a mysterious relationship with a man fifteen years her junior.