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Who Influenced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

by Janice Enticknap (13-04-2019)


The factors that influence a writer or author to create such perfectly detailed work are often questioned. Whether it is a situation that they were somehow involved in or presented or another author's work which they read and felt the need to make their own, there are always questions with writers about the influences of their work. The most common influences are that of another writer. Not many writers can say that something that they have read previously did not in any way affect them because that is of course simply unbelievable.

The author is an interesting person. Why he or she writes about what they do is really of no significance to the reader until the end of the book. This is when the reader starts to wonder what influence created such a well written piece of literature. This article will state several, but not all influences or possible influences to make the reader aware of the circumstances involved in a majority of writing.

There could be war going on in the author's country. When there is war, there is writing. It is an escape from reality and a hope for something more brilliant than the battle itself. It is a need to alleviate the pain and suffering and an undying feeling of release. Writers can emulate what is going on in their minds and relate it to what is going on in their fictional world. The tale does not have to be about a battle between countries to accomplish this; just a battle between characters or within a character.

There may be a bad relationship. Relationships make up a large amount of writers' stories. Therefore, the relationships that they have in the real world have often tended to relate to those that their characters have in the fictional world. Of course, for some writers, these relationships are that of which the writer would like to have or have had in the real world. It could be that of a love interest or that of a very intriguing friendship or enemy; something to spice the life that they truly lead.

There can also be more critical reasons for why an author chooses such work to write about. Death is a large part of writing also. It influences the writer in ways that nothing else can. It serves as a leading and fantastic influence over many an author.

Finally, the works of other author's are important. The influence that one writer has over another is great. It is one of the most invading and underlying reasons that a writer has, but may not realize that they have because they are too callous to. Doyle relates to Melville, for example. This is not to say that the Great Sherlock Holmes was created due in part to Melville, but to say that he was an image of chance that was created because of the influence Melville's writings had upon Doyle. This great character is one that still exists in the heart of many a fan similar to that of Melville's characters that have lived on in his great works.

Of course it is now impossible to know what, or who, influenced Conan Doyle for sure, but one thing is certain. All Sherlock Holmes Stories his millions of fans, both past and present, are most grateful that something did!