Tagged: English Literature

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...


J.R.R. Tolkien Is Born – 3 January 1892

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. At three, he and his mother travelled to England. When his father unexpectedly died in South Africa before joining them, Tolkien’s family was forced to remain in England indefinitely. Tolkien grew up in several villages around Birmingham in the West Midlands. He particularly enjoyed exploring rural areas such as his Aunt Jane’s farm, Bag End, a name that should be quite familiar to lovers of Tolkien’s work. As a teen, Tolkien began to experiment with constructed languages as a hobby, in addition to his love of...