The story about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his adventures

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Once upon a time, in 1855 actually, a boy named Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was a civil servant most of the time, and his mother ran a boarding house. Their family, which consisted of the parents and seven children, was strictly catholic, and had roots in Ireland.
Time went, and the boy grew older every day. The year he would turn thirteen he started school. Since the parents were very religious, they sent him to a Jesuit school. The boy didn’t seem to like that school very much, so he moved to another one. Well there, he was noted for his untidiness and his determination to go his own way. The boy spent a lot of his youth in the headmaster’s office. But the headmaster’s office wasn’t the only way of spending time, one year he spent as the editor of the school magazine.
Again time went fast, and before you even knew it, the boy had turned into a nineteen years old man, who’d already passed his university matriculation exam. The boy, who’d turned to a man, decided to spend a year in a Jesuit school in Austria, where he could brush up on his German before entering Edinburgh University. A year after that, Arthur came back and finally entered the university. But he had a lack for money, which required him to take outside jobs to earn money for tuition. So that was what kept him busy for two years. During the summer of 1878, Arthur worked with a doctor in general practice.
Every family has its problems, so did the Doyles. In 1879 Charles Doyle, Arthur’s father entered a nursing home, suffering from epilepsy and alcoholism. This was hard for the Doyle family, both emotionally and economically. So therefore, Arthur started to work in a Shropshire practice to earn the money his family back in Edinburgh needed.
The very same year, Arthur wrote a short story, which he sold to Chambers Journal. This was his first published story, (apart from the ones he might have written in the school magazine) ever.
The year of 1880 saw Arthur working for a Birmingham doctor as a dispenser. Off-duty, Arthur liked reading about spiritualism and metaphysical literature. Later on, he lived among seamen on a whaling ship as a surgeon, for seven months. He became the captain’s companion, breaking up fights between the seamen. Later on, he learned to be a skilled harpooner. This experience toughened him up, both physically, and mentally. When Arthur came back to the mainland, in 1881, he received his Masters in Biology.
Four years after Chambers Journal had published his first short story, in 1883 Arthur came out with his second novel entitled “Habakuk Jephson’s statement”. The story was interesting, because it was based on the mystery of Marie Celeste. Actually, the story was convincing enough to be officially denied.
Two years later, at the age of thirty, Arthur received his M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)
Upon graduating, Arthur’s London relatives sent him to Africa ailing friends so he could have his own practice. The African relatives had only one condition: he had to be Catholic like them. So when his relatives found out the truth - that he indeed was agnostic - choked all help from them. Consequently Arthur went back to Great Britain. Actually to Plymouth, where he went into practice with Dr. Budd, a man who Arthur’s mother considered was a quack. She advised him to break his association with Budd, because he would ruin Arthur’s reputation. Budd offered Arthur to go into private practice. So he moved to Southsea where he set up as a General Practitioner. He seemed to be close to his family members, because his younger brother became his housekeeper and companion.
A failing out with Dr. Budd ended any hope of future money, but as usual, Arthur’s mother was there for him. She delved into her savings to support her son.
For the first six months, business was slow. During this slow-business-time, Arthur joined many sports, and intellectually stimulating clubs. Most of the time luck turns, so does woe. Anyway, it did this time. Business began to speed (pick) up. Now, Arthur could afford to keep a servant, and also support his brother.
In 1885, his brother decided to leave Arthur for public school. The very same year, Arthur, who now was 35 years old, married Louise Hawkins, a woman who remained as a background figure throughout their marriage.
Two years later, Arthur’s first Sherlock Holmes story was published. Sherlock Holmes was based on Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin and Eugene Francois Vidoq, former criminals, who became chiefs of the Surete, the police force of Paris. Holmes physical appearance was that of Dr. Joseph Bell, who we’ve already met during this biography. He was also Arthur’s teacher at the University of Edinburgh. His surname came from an American poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes, admired by Arthur.
The first historical novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle was published in 1889. A year later, he moved to London, and practiced as an occultist. By the time of 1891, Arthur had already become a full time writer.
The first collection of Sherlock Homes stories was published in 1892. Totally, five collections of Holmes stories have been published since.
Every life contains tragedies. So did Arthur’s. Three of his siblings didn’t survive to adulthood. This time, the time had come to Arthur’s father, Charles Altamont Doyle to pass away. He died in 1893 in the nursing home he had been committed to fourteen years earlier.
This year, Arthur decided to kill his detective. He was fed up with writing short stories, and wanted to be remembered for his historical novels, rather than Sherlock Holmes. So in 1894, Arthur Conan Doyle officially killed Sherlock Holmes, one of the greatest literary detectives ever to live.
Once again, Arthur left for Africa. This time, the South African war had broken out, and he served as a senior physician at a field hospital for a short time.
In 1900, Arthur’s wife, who he’d been married to for fifteen years, died in tuberculosis. During their marriage, she had given birth to two children, a boy and a girl. The very same year, he ran for Parliament, but failed. Arthur was knighted two years later. Consequently, he’d become Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
At the request of his government, and by public demand, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought back his killed detective, Sherlock Holmes in 1903. This time, the story was about a secret mission for the government during a time of war.
In 1906, six years after his Parliament failing, Arthur decided to try again, and failed for the second time.
The year of 1907 saw Arthur remarrying. This time, the well favoured was named Jean Leckie. She was to bless their marriage with three children and also a devotion to his spiritualist movement.
Seven years later, Arthur formed a local volunteer regiment, in which he served as a private. This regiment was later to become an official body. In the period leading up to World War One, Arthur was an unofficial statesman and advocate, fighting for those several men unfairly convicted in criminal trials. He campaigned for lifesaving equipment and body armour for the navy. He also advocated a need for a channel tunnel between England and France, a dream that took three quarters of a century to be realized.
The year of 1917 was the year of the last Sherlock Holmes story to be publ...

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