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  1. Arthur Conan Doyle 22nd May 1859 - 7th July 1930 ãScottish physician and writer ãNoted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes. 2.  His…
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  • 1. Arthur Conan Doyle 22nd May 1859 - 7th July 1930 •Scottish physician and writer •Noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.
  • 2.  His father was poor and was an alcoholic.His father was poor and was an alcoholic.  Family life was difficult.Family life was difficult.  Conan Doyle studied medicine in Edinburgh andConan Doyle studied medicine in Edinburgh and metmet Dr Joseph BellDr Joseph Bell..  Dr Bell made deductions about the history of hisDr Bell made deductions about the history of his patients based on his powers of observation. Arthurpatients based on his powers of observation. Arthur learned from this…learned from this…
  • 3. Doyle was not a Doctor for long and turned to writing instead. Soon afterwards, short Sherlock Holmes stories were published in magazines.
  • 4.  He tried to kill the Sherlock Holmes character in 1893, but there was outrage from his many fans.  Conan Doyle gave in, writing The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1902, set before his fatal encounter.
  • 5.  Conan Doyle himselfConan Doyle himself was an advocate ofwas an advocate of justice.justice.  He investigated twoHe investigated two closed cases, resultingclosed cases, resulting in the accused beingin the accused being exonerated.exonerated.
  • 6.  Crime, prostitution, drug abuse and murder were commonplace Victorian London.  There was a lot of poverty and poor health.  Smog from the factories created a dark and foul smelling atmosphere.
  • 7.  Crime was rife.  This was the time of Jack the Ripper, a notorious serial killer whose identity was never discovered.  The public did not feel protected.  The Police did not always do a good job.
  • 8.  The popularity ofThe popularity of Sherlock Holmes maySherlock Holmes may arise from the desire toarise from the desire to make London a safermake London a safer place…place…  Or maybe – because theOr maybe – because the stories have constantlystories have constantly found an audience…found an audience…
  • 9.  The popularity ofThe popularity of Sherlock Holmes maySherlock Holmes may arise from the desire toarise from the desire to make London a safermake London a safer place…place…  Or maybe – because theOr maybe – because the stories have constantlystories have constantly found an audience…found an audience…
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