Reading the Classics #3: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading the Classics #3: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


This post was written for @Mi_Amigo. Thanks for suggesting it.

Most of you know about Sherlock Holmes, the famous British detective. Well, the creator of Holmes was none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). On my list of his works I've read, I only include from the Sherlock Holmes stories the 2 more famous and longer ones (Although I have read many Holmes stories). Also included on the list is another book that has nothing to do with the genius detective.

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles

2. A Study in Scarlet

3. Sir Nigel

The Hound of the Baskervilles is, in my opinion, the best of all the Sherlock Holmes stories. It's definitely worth the read.

A Study in Scarlet was also very good, and what's unique about it is that it's the first Sherlock Holmes stories, and tells the backstories of both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson

Sir Nigel has nothing to do with Holmes and is in fact a story of the Hundred Year's War between England and France. I enjoyed it. There is a sequel called The White Company, which I haven't read yet but I plan to.

Here's a really interesting fact about Arthur Conan Doyle. While studying as a student, Doyle spent time with a university teacher named Joseph Bell. Bell was called upon several times by Scotland Yard to examine murder cases (Including a few cases involving Jack the Ripper) and give his advice as to what may have been the cause. According to Doyle, Bell was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. I thought it was cool to know that.

Well, that's really all I have to say. Any other information about Doyle that you have would be welcome in the comments. Thanks for reading. And as for my next post, I'll give you a hint: does the name William Darcy ring a bell? 😉