As time went on Conan Doyle found himself more closely identified with Sherlock Holmes to the exclusion of his other works. "I weary of his name," he told his mother. In his own mind the matter was settled. Holmes must die.
In 1909 Conan Doyle, fueled by "a burning indignation, which is the best of all driving power", wrote a book in only eight days. The Crime of the Congo, dealt with the atrocities committed in the Belgian Congo on behalf of King Leopold II.
Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22, 1859. He passed away on July 7, 1930. Between those two days he led quite a life! See a timeline for the professional and private life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In 1893 Sherlock Holmes met his death at Reichenbach Falls in "The Adventure of the Final Problem". His fans had to wait until 1901 to once again enjoy a novel featuring the great detective. That novel was "The Hound of the Baskervilles".