Saturday, 21 April 2012

Elementry, my dear Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of the greatest writers ever lived.

“When you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however improbable must be the truth.”

Elementary process, one of the most famous ways in thinking critically is a process of elimination.
What did create this man as we know now?

Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Doyles were a wealthy Irish-Catholic family, who had a bulbous position in the world of Art.
Charles Doyle, Arthur's father was a chronic alcoholic. He was the only member of the family never accomplished anything of note. At the age of 22, Charles married Mary Foley, a vibrant and very well educated young woman of 17.

Mary Doyle had a passion for books and was a master storyteller and this passion in knowledge was passed on to Arthur. Her son, Arthur carved of his mother's gift of "sinking her voice to a horror-stricken whisper" when she reached the ending of a story.

There was little money in the family and even less harmony on account of his father's excesses and erratic behaviour. Arthur's touching description of his mother's beneficial influence is also emotionally described in his biography, "In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all, the vivid stories she would tell me stand out so clearly that they obscure the real facts of my life."

After Arthur reached his ninth birthday, the wealthy members of the Doyle family offered to pay for his studies. He was in tears all the way to England, where for seven years he had to go to a Jesuit boarding school. Arthur loathed the bigotry surrounding his studies and rebelled at corporal punishment, which was prevalent and incredibly brutal in most English schools of that epoch.

During those gruelling years, Arthur's only moments of happiness were when he wrote to his mother, a regular habit that lasted for the rest of her life, and also when he practiced sports, mainly cricket, at which he was very good. It was during these difficult years at boarding school, that Arthur realized he also had a talent for storytelling. He was often found, surrounded by a bevy of totally enraptured younger students, listening to the amazing stories he would make up to amuse them.

This was one of the catalysts on Arthur’s passion in writing. He has the imagination and on a piece of paper, his imagination can be as real as he wanted to.