History Creator / ArthurConanDoyle

12th Aug '16 2:34:43 PM freyalorelei
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes and Literature/ProfessorChallenger. He wrote many other stories, but mostly only the ones regarding the famous detective are remembered now. Recently he's appeared as a fictional character in a series of murder mysteries featuring Creator/OscarWilde and Robert Sherard as the Holmes/Watson characters. Anyone with an interest in medieval history and historical fiction should read his novel ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'', providing both a fairly accurate depiction of the subject for its time (and the knowledge they had), and a fine insight into A.C.D.'s own time; British Imperialism, The Empire (after all, it was the largest ever), and the mentality that justified and drove it.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes and Literature/ProfessorChallenger. He wrote many other stories, but mostly only the ones regarding the famous detective are remembered now. Recently he's appeared as a fictional character in a series of murder mysteries featuring Creator/OscarWilde and Robert Sherard as the Holmes/Watson characters. The television series Series/HoudiniAndDoyle provides a fictionalized account of his real-life friendship with magician and escape artist Creator/HarryHoudini. Anyone with an interest in medieval history and historical fiction should read his novel ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'', providing both a fairly accurate depiction of the subject for its time (and the knowledge they had), and a fine insight into A.C.D.'s own time; British Imperialism, The Empire (after all, it was the largest ever), and the mentality that justified and drove it.
3rd Jul '16 6:48:46 AM ProfessorDetective
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8th Jun '16 12:52:08 AM nicolasvladimir
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* ''Literature/TheWarinSouthAfrica''
20th Jan '16 4:07:32 PM Pastykake
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes and Literature/ProfessorChallenger. He wrote many other stories, but mostly only the ones regarding the famous detective are remembered now. Recently he's appeared as a fictional character in a series of murder mysteries featuring OscarWilde and Robert Sherard as the Holmes/Watson characters. Anyone with an interest in medieval history and historical fiction should read his novel ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'', providing both an fairly accurate depiction of the subject for its time (and the knowledge they had), and a fine insight into A.C.D.'s own time; British Imperialism, The Empire (after all it was the largest ever), and the mentality that justified and drove it.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the creator of Literature/SherlockHolmes and Literature/ProfessorChallenger. He wrote many other stories, but mostly only the ones regarding the famous detective are remembered now. Recently he's appeared as a fictional character in a series of murder mysteries featuring OscarWilde Creator/OscarWilde and Robert Sherard as the Holmes/Watson characters. Anyone with an interest in medieval history and historical fiction should read his novel ''Literature/TheWhiteCompany'', providing both an a fairly accurate depiction of the subject for its time (and the knowledge they had), and a fine insight into A.C.D.'s own time; British Imperialism, The Empire (after all all, it was the largest ever), and the mentality that justified and drove it.
20th Sep '15 5:09:38 PM nombretomado
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* NapoleonicWars: ''The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard'' and ''The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard''. Loosely based on the (themselves not very reliable) memoirs of French general Marbot.
5th May '15 4:21:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/ProfessorChallenger'' series, which includes his most famous non-Holmes novel, ''Literature/TheLostWorld''

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* ''Literature/ProfessorChallenger'' series, which includes his most famous non-Holmes novel, ''Literature/TheLostWorld''''Literature/TheLostWorld1912''
30th Sep '14 7:44:18 PM PaulA
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* {{Agnosticism}}: He was a firm agnostic before his CreatorBreakdown.



* DeadpanSnarker: A questionnaire he filled out in 1899 for a parlor game and discovered among his papers indicates that he was full of this trope:
-->'''Q''': Your favorite virtue?
-->'''ACD''': Unaffectedness.
-->'''Q''': Your favorite qualities in a man?
-->'''ACD''': Manliness.
-->'''Q''': Your favorite qualities in a woman?
-->'''ACD''': Womanliness.
-->'''Q''': If not yourself, who would you be?
-->'''ACD''': ghpsbgllspjgngltjshgpynshf (hope this is clear)
-->'''Q''': Where would you like to live?
-->'''ACD''': Here.
-->'''Q''': Your favorite food and drink?
-->'''ACD''': Anything when hungry.
-->'''Q''': What is your present state of mind?
-->'''ACD''': Jaded.
* FamousLastWords: "You are wonderful". [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Directed towards his wife]].



* GentlemanAdventurer: Professor Challenger (and most of his companion crew) is one. In his memoirs Doyle jokingly describes himself as one.



* OurFairiesAreDifferent: He believed that the photos of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were genuine and championed them in the press.



* RaisedCatholic: Bornand raised to a Catholic Irish family, educated in a Catholic monastery, he notes he has great respect for Catholicism and holds on to its morals in his memoirs.
* SecondBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role that got him a knighthood. He also served as a medic in it, and endured a few bizarre adventures in this period.
* SelfMadeMan: Doyle was born into near povertry in Scotland and more or less built his career and fortune from the ground up.



* WeHelpTheHelpless: Doyle himself in real life had a soft spot for sad stories. Doyle was even known as the Champion of the Oppressed for some time after his much publized campaign against Racial Profiling (most notably when he helped to prove the innocence of George Edalji, a British Asian solicitor who had been falsely convicted of animal mutilation due to anonymous denunciations and police racism).



* WhoYouGonnaCall: Doyle, a known occultism enthusiast of sorts, investigated paranormal incidents as a hobby. In his memoirs he described how surreal these experiences were.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Doyle briefly worked as a crewmember of a whaling ship, and provides a vidid description of this trope in his memoirs.
* WorthyOpponent: He praises the Boers several times in his autobiography.
30th Sep '14 7:38:39 PM PaulA
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* OurFairiesAreDifferent: He believed that the photos of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were genuine and championed them in the press.



* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: The short story "A Night Among the Nihilists" centres on an ordinary English merchant, who is mistaken for an agent of a terrorist cabal, since the cabal in Solteff, Russia knows only that their agent is an Englishman. He gets taken before their leaders to report on progress of their "secret weapon". Despite knowing nothing about the terrorists or their plans, the good fellow is able to sustain a facade of competency.



* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: The short story "A Night Among the Nihilists" centres on an ordinary English merchant, who is mistaken for an agent of a terrorist cabal, since the cabal in Solteff, Russia knows only that their agent is an Englishman. He gets taken before their leaders to report on progress of their "secret weapon". Despite knowing nothing about the terrorists or their plans, the good fellow is able to sustain a facade of competency.



* OurFairiesAreDifferent: He believed that the photos of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were genuine and championed them in the press.



* SecondBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role that got him a knighthood. He also served as a medic in it, and endured a few bizarre adventures in this period.



* TakeThat: To Literature/SherlockHolmes in "The Story of the Lost Special", when an unnamed "amateur reasoner" writes to the papers suggesting a solution to the mystery, and uses Holmes's catchphrase about eliminating the impossible. As it turns out, his suggestion is not only far-fetched but completely wrong.
* SecondBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role that got him a knighthood. He also served as a medic in it, and endured a few bizarre adventures in this period.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: A character in ''[[http://www.online-literature.com/doyle/captain_polestar/10/ The Ring of Thoth]]'' is four thousand years old.
* TakeThat: To Literature/SherlockHolmes in "The Story of the Lost Special", when an unnamed "amateur reasoner" writes to the papers suggesting a solution to the mystery, and uses Holmes's catchphrase about eliminating the impossible. As it turns out, his suggestion is not only far-fetched but completely wrong.



* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Four Thousand Years Old]]: ''[[http://www.online-literature.com/doyle/captain_polestar/10/ The Ring of Thoth]]''.



* WhoYouGonnaCall: Doyle, a known occultism enthusiast of sorts, investigated paranormal incidents as a hobby. In his memoirs he described how surreal these experiences were.



* WhoYouGonnaCall: Doyle, a known occultism enthusiast of sorts, investigated paranormal incidents as a hobby. In his memoirs he described how surreal these experiences were.
30th Sep '14 7:34:29 PM PaulA
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* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: The short story "A Night Among the Nihilists" centres on an ordinary English merchant, who is mistaken for an agent of a terrorist cabal, since the cabal in Solteff, Russia knows only that their agent is an Englishman. He gets taken before their leaders to report on progress of their "secret weapon". Despite knowing nothing about the terrorists or their plans, the good fellow is able to sustain a facade of competency.
5th Sep '14 4:00:59 PM Gaon
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* GentlemanAdventurer: Professor Challenger (and most of his companion crew) is one. In his memoirs Doyle jokingly describes himself as one.



* RaisedCatholic: Bornand raised to a Catholic Irish family, educated in a Catholic monastery, he notes he has great respect for Catholicism and holds on to its morals in his memoirs.



* SecondBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role that got him a knighthood. He also served as a medic in it, and endured a few bizarre adventures in this period.



* TheBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role that got him a knighthood.

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* TheBoerWar: Wrote about it, including a defense of Britain's role RealityIsUnrealistic: In his auto-biography Doyle, several times, lists something absurdly ridiculous, and notes the reader ''will'' find it absolutely ridiculous, but comments that got him a knighthood.it's 100% true.


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* WorthyOpponent: He praises the Boers several times in his autobiography.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Doyle, a known occultism enthusiast of sorts, investigated paranormal incidents as a hobby. In his memoirs he described how surreal these experiences were.
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