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Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

(Encyclopedia) Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan k´nn, kn´n, 1859–1930, British author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, b. Edinburgh. Educated at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, he received a medical…

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes, perhaps the most famous detective in all of literary fiction. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine there,…

spiritism

(Encyclopedia) spiritism or spiritualism, belief that the human personality continues to exist after death and can communicate with the living through the agency of a medium or psychic. The advocates…

Reichenbach Falls

(Encyclopedia) Reichenbach Falls, waterfalls, total drop 656 ft (200 m), S central Switzerland, where the Reichenbach River joins the Aare River. Upper Reichenbach Falls is one of the highest…

Piltdown man

(Encyclopedia) Piltdown man, name given to human remains found during excavations (1908–15) at Piltdown, Sussex, England, by Charles Dawson. The find led to much speculation and argument. Since they…

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the fictional creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote about the amazing detective in a series of 60 stories published between 1887 and 1927. Sherlock Holmes was famous for…

John H. Watson, M.D.

John H. Watson, M.D. -- otherwise known as Dr. Watson -- is the loyal companion of detective Sherlock Holmes and the narrator of nearly all the Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Dr.…

Professor James Moriarty

Professor Moriarty is "the Napoleon of crime," according to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Though he appears in only two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories about Holmes -- The Final Problem (…

The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900

Book Magazine, now defunct, compiled a panel of 55 authors, literary agents, editors, and actors in 2002 to “rank the top one hundred characters in literature since 1900.”Jay Gatsby, The…