Tagged: Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is Born – 22 May 1859

Though he would die a man famous the world over, Arthur Conan Doyle’s life began humbly. He was born on this day in British history, 22 May 1859. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother struggled to support the family. Luckily for young Arthur, he had uncles who were willing to fund an education. Had Doyle not received schooling as a lad, who knows whether the world’s most famous fictional character would have ever come to be? Before he began writing, however, Doyle studied medicine, much as a certain Dr. Watson had done. It was while in medical school at...


Was Jerome Caminada the ‘Real Sherlock Holmes’?

Ever since Sherlock Holmes first became popular as the super-sleuth creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, theories have been proposed about who may have been the real-life inspiration for the now iconic detective. In her new biography The Real Sherlock Holmes, author Angela Buckley sheds light on a figure known a ‘Manchester’s Sherlock Holmes,’ a Manchester police detective named Jerome Caminada. Over the years, a popular theory has been that Doyle’s inspiration came from his professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle, in fact, stated that Bell was an inspiration for the Holmes character. Bell, however, was a...