Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859. He was a medical student at Edinburgh University and began writing short stories while still at Edinburgh.

After university, he became a doctor in the south of England but did not have many patients at first. To fill his spare time, he started writing stories about an ingenious detective named Sherlock Holmes. Conan modelled the detective’s personality on one of his university professors. Holmes, who lives at 221B Baker Street in London, is famous for solving mysterious crimes with his superior intelligence.

The Sherlock Holmes stories soon became very popular, but in 1893 Conan Doyle burnt out and decided to kill the character. In The Final Problem, Holes and his enemy, Professor Moriarty, fall off Reinchenbach Falls in Switzerland. However, readers were not happy with this ending and many letters were sent to Conan to bring him back.

Finally, in 1901, Conan resurrected him in his novel The Hound of Baskervilles. The author explained that Holmes did not die after the fall but he was unbelievably lucky and survived. Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930, but Sherlock Holmes lives on in books and films. Today, his character is the inspiration for the creation of Dr. Gregory House as he is known in the series.

VOCABULARY

ingenious – zseni

famous for something – híres valamiről

solve – megold

superior – magas, magasrendű

popular – népszerű

resurrect – feltámaszt

unbelievably – hihetetlenül

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