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This quintessentially English literary invention [is] unequalled in popular literature The Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.