Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Who done it?"

Mysteries are one of the most popular genres of fiction books that libraries lend. There are numerous mystery writers; one early writer of mysteries was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

May 22 is Sir Arthur's birthday. Born in 1859 in Scotland he produced a prodigious body of work and was most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction. He died in 1930.

Many editions of Doyle's works have been published as well as many movies with Sherlock Holmes as the main character. Holmes first appeared in publication in 1887. Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and astute observation to solve difficult cases.

Happy Birthday, Sir Arthur!