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“It is not easy to express the inexpressible” (Arthur C. Doyle)

The phrase of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the famous British author of Sherlock Holmes, is extracted from the novel A Study in Scarlet (1887), with which the novelist, born in Edinburgh (Scotland), gave life to the most famous detective in the history of literature.

 

 

So much so that the fame of the popular detective overshadowed that of the writer and led him to affirm the following, in a letter written to his mother:

“I’m thinking of killing Holmes and ending him forever. He doesn’t let me think about better things”.

A Study in Scarlet was published for the first time in 1887 in the magazine Beeton’s Christmas Annual.

Conan Doyle, who wrote more than 60 works by the famous detective, also wrote other adventure books such as The Lost World (1912).

Doyle studied medicine, was a frustrated aspiring deputy, traveler and was known for his defense of spiritualism, a doctrine that consists of the belief that one can speak with the spirits of the dead through a medium.

In fact, his last book was History of The Spiritualism and before dying he squandered his fortune by his obsession with occultism and esoteric sciences.

Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Terror are the novels with which Doyle revolutionized the genre of the thriller novel.

Son of alcoholic father and reading mother, Arthur Conan Doyle was also soccer goalkeeper, golfer and cricketer.

 

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preguntar por algo.
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permanecer en silencio.
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